Lastfm investigating user password security issue


June 12, 2012

Music website Lastfm is currently investigating a potential security breach, according to a blog post released June 7.

The news follows yesterday’s report of a major hacking incident on professional social networking site Linkedin, which saw a reported six million user passwords stolen.

Lastfm has requested that all users currently registered with the site change their password immediately, to a different log-in than they use on other websites.

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Through this evaluation, businesses can take the necessary steps to insure information is secure and private, and greatly reduce the risk of cybercrime.

Lastfm allows users to build a music profile which provides information and recommendations based on listening habits. Both a free service and an advertisement-free subscriber’s service are available.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience around changing your password; Last.fm takes your privacy very seriously,” wrote the Lastfm team.

“We’ll be posting updates in our forums and via our Twitter account (@lastfm) as we get to the bottom of this.”

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