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Yet another hack that 2FA could have prevented: 8tracks

Yuriy Mikitchenko

11 Jul 2017 -

5 min read

Yuriy Mikitchenko

11 Jul 2017

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2 min read

The irony here is uncanny.

8tracks, a social internet radio service, recently announced a data breach, losing a copy of their user database, which includes email addresses and passwords. While 8tracks ensures their users that passwords are encrypted, hashed, and salted, they still recommend that users change their passwords with their service. Their CEO also moved on to explaining that their (over) 18 million users “refrain from using the same password across multiple sites,” use a password manager, and user two-factor authentication.

It’s ironic that the leak occurred through a hack of one of their employee’s Github account, and that if the employee had enabled two-factor authentication, the leak would not have occurred.

While it is unfortunate 8tracks was attacked (it’s a great service,) there are some key points to reiterate from this incident.

No matter the level of irony, this won’t be the last time this happens. Let’s all learn: Businesses and users alike need to become more responsible online.

Whitepaper: Impact of Two-Factor Authentication on data breaches


Yuriy Mikitchenko

Head of Marketing

A transplant from the United States, Yuriy brings his marketing know-how to Messente. His background is in B2B marketing and sales, working with tech corporations and startups in the Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. area. Now he's giving Estonia a fresh perspective on overall marketing.




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