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Password-management service LastPass announced that it “discovered and blocked” suspicious activity on its network this past Friday. While the company says there is no evidence that users’ passwords were taken or that accounts were accessed, it did acknowledge that user email addresses, authentication hashes, and password reminders were compromised. You can review the full LastPass security notice here: https://blog.lastpass.com/2015/06/lastpass-security-notice.html/
While LastPass says it is confident that its encryption is strong enough to make attacking the stolen hashes impractical, we are recommending that at a minimum you change your LastPass master password. The password strength requirements for LastPass’ master password are: at least 8 characters in length and must contain at least one upper case, one lower case, one number, and one special character.
Of course, you’re free to make your master password longer and more complicated, and LastPass also offers multifactor authentication which can be enabled for additional protection. Instructions for enabling LastPass’ multifactor authentication are here: https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/multifactor-authentication-options/
Finally, be extra vigilant against related Phishing. Criminals may use this incident to try to get you to reveal your LastPass credentials. They’ll probably do this by sending an email pretending to be LastPass and asking you to fill out a form with account information. Don’t click any emailed links alleging to come from LastPass, visit their website directly at https://lastpass.com.
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