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Last.FM Users Told to Change Passwords at Once

Popular music streaming site urged its users to change their passwords immediately due to a possible database leak under investigation.

In a security advisory, provides users with two links – one to the log in and another to the reset pages – where people can change passwords directly on and from the site. This will protect users from falling victim to spam or phishing attempts.

Last.FM Users Told to Change Passwords at Once


“We will never email you a direct link to update your settings or ask for your password. We strongly recommend that your new password is different to the password you use on other services.” emphasized in the same security advisory on the site.

This follows a recent wave of password leaks that ended up exposing on a Russian forum roughly 6.5 million LinkedIn password hashes and around 1.5 million eHarmony passwords. Up until now, no password was singled out in the breached password dump on the cracking forum, but chose to act cautiously and stay on top of any inconvenience that may appear in the following weeks.

It’s been argued that the breached password batch is at least one year old. Unfortunately this doesn’t help a lot because most people don’t regularly change these passwords. Even worse, they use the same passwords for more than one account, which makes them sitting ducks for impersonations.

About the author


A blend of teacher and technical journalist with a pinch of e-threat analysis, Loredana Botezatu writes mostly about malware and spam. She believes that most errors happen between the keyboard and the chair. Loredana has been writing about the IT world and e-security for well over five years and has made a personal goal out of educating computer users about the ins and outs of the cybercrime ecosystem.


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