Projects in the news

June 8, 2016

The MySpace hack, how it was predicted by LinkedIn, and how it impacted Mark Zuckerberg

On June 1st, Time announced that its MySpace social network had been compromised, and that account information for hundreds of millions of MySpace users with accounts created prior to June 2013 had been leaked.  With the rise of networks like Facebook in recent years, MySpace has experienced decreasing relevance as time has gone by. This has resulted in this news being viewed as a point of amusement more than significant issue.  However, there is a more significant issue created by this breach, and is one of the more fundamental and common security problems users of Internet services face.  Luckily, it is one that is easy to remedy at the sacrifice of a little convenience.  To explain this, I will begin with a cautionary tale. One that begins on Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th, 2011.