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Disqus Confirms 2012 Data Breach That Exposed Details for 17.5 Million Users

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Earlier today, on a late Friday evening, Disqus confirmed a data breach that appears to have taken place in the summer of 2012, and during which an unknown attacker(s) made off with details for at least 17.5 million user accounts.

The company found out about the breach from Aussie security researcher Troy Hunt, who come into the possession of a copy of the stolen data and informed Disqus yesterday afternoon.

According to one of Hunt's tweets, it took Disqus 23 hours and 42 minutes to investigate the data and confirm the breach.

Hack took place in July 2012

Disqus, the web's larger provider of hosted commenting systems, has already started notifying users included in the data provided by Hunt.

According to the company, hackers stole email addresses, Disqus usernames, sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text. SHA-1 hashed passwords were only included for about a third of the 17.5 million details.

Disqus says the last entry in the exposed data is from July 2012, a good...(continued)

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