The researchers reported that the detected text file contains 33,726,800 lines, among which you can find user IDs, email addresses, links to user profiles, as well as passwords in plain text format (with 795,402 lines with a blank password).
Subsequent password analysis showedthat 69% of mail / password combinations turned out to be unique, that is, they had never been found in other leaks before.
According to Oganesyan, this leak occurred back in 2014, just until recently, the information was not in the public domain, and in early May 2020, someone known under the pseudonym Vinny Troia, coincides with the name of the famous American security researcher) posted the database in open access.
LiveJournal users celebratethat recently, the administration of LiveJournal actually began to send people letters asking them to change passwords, as they were supposedly outdated. The distribution of such letters has already been confirmed by Qrator Labs.
“Because LiveJournal’s password requirements have changed since you set your current password, the password will become invalid if it is not changed within five days. In this case, to enter the account you will need to set a new password, ”the letters read.
Interestingly, in this case, the LJ administration denies the fact of data leakage and told reporters the following:
“The information disseminated on the network about the alleged“ mass leak ”of LJ user data is not true – this is one of the clickbait news, the task of which is to attract interest in a third party in this matter,” said the representative of the Rambler Group holding, which since 2016 year belongs to LJ.