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Aug 2, 2020 - 10:47:27 PM
191 posts since 8/11/2015

Truefire offers online musical instrument lessons, including some excellent ones for the five string banjo.

I was informed today by Firefox Monitor that Truefire had a data breach all the way back at February 21st of this year, but which was learned of only yesterday. This means, as far as I understand it, that while the original hackers have had these logins for quite some time, the data may not have circulated on the dark web for others to use until recently.

Truefire has not informed their users of this breach and their user forums are now «down for maintenence», which may or may not be a coincidence.

Everyone with a Truefire account should change their passwords to that site immediately and also to other sites where they may have used the same login. Myself I registered using one of my standard strong passwords, one which I have used several times for for different paid services. Some other site that I have used only once to purchase something and then forgotten about, may still have my payment details saved.

Info from Firefox Monitor:

«What data was compromised:

Phone numbers
Email addresses
Dates of birth
Physical addresses
Additional information, including:
Account balances, Names, Usernames

What is a website breach?

A website data breach happens when cyber criminals steal, copy, or expose personal information from online accounts. It’s usually a result of hackers finding a weak spot in the website’s security. Breaches can also happen when account information gets leaked by accident.

Why did it take so long to report this breach?

It can sometimes take months or years for credentials exposed in a data breach to appear on the dark web. Breaches get added to our database as soon as they have been discovered and verified.»

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