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#1 Terryala


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:45 AM

Trapster hack: millions warned of possible password breach

by Graham Cluley on January 20, 2011

Filed Under: Data loss, Mobile

Are you one of the 10 million users of Trapster, the smartphone app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and other mobile devices whose community shares information about speed traps and enforcement cameras?

If so, you'll want to read this.

Trapster is notifying its users that their usernames and passwords may have fallen into the hands of hackers. The site has emailed its users, and published an advisory, warning users that they would be wise to change their passwords immediately.

Part of their advisory reads:

"We believe it?s best to be cautious. So, if you?ve registered your account with Trapster, then it?s best to assume that your e-mail address and password were included among the compromised data."

"We therefore recommend changing the password on your account, and if you used that password on any other site, you should change your password on that site as well."



#2 Terryala


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

Website with 10 million users warns of password theft

Trapster hack

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco ?

Posted in Enterprise Security, 21st January 2011 01:18 GMT

A website that helps drivers avoid speeding tickets is warning its 10 million registered users that their email addresses and passwords may be in the hands of hackers who breached the site's security.

The advisory was issued on Thursday by Trapster, which boasts more than 10 million users on its front page. The site uses crowd-sourcing techniques to compile locations of police who are using radar to catch speeding drivers.

Trapster said the hack amounted to a ?single event,? and that the company has since taken steps to ?prevent this type of attack from happening again, and continue to implement additional security measures to further protect your data.? Trapster didn't say whether it planned to begin hashing passwords, which is considered a basic security precaution to prevent their disclosure.

Trapster's gaffe comes a little more than a month after hackers rooted Gawker Media servers and made off with some 1.5 million user passwords and corresponding email addresses. After a file containing the booty was posted online, many users of Twitter, Facebook, and other popular websites reported a spike in account breaches, indicating the sad fact that some folks can't be bothered to use a unique password for different sites.

This fact hasn't been lost on the security team at Twitter, which warned Trapster users to change their passwords shortly after Thursday's advisory was released. ?