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LastPass blames credential stuffing following master password breach

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Password manager Lastpass has blamed credential stuffing as its users report getting email notifications about their master passwords being compromised and threat actors trying to access their accounts. The email notification further stated that any login attempts had been blocked.

A LastPass user created a HackerNews thread to discuss the issue that has gathered 486 comments with at least seven reports of the password breach coming in from the same IP address range, which seems to be based in Brazil. The attacks seem to have started on Monday.

In an email to The Recordthe company stated that they hadn’t seen any evidence that any accounts were successfully accessed or the service itself was compromised in the attack. The company reports that this is a credential stuffing attack, where hackers take compromised credentials from data breaches and try to use them on different online services. 

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Credential stuffing or blame?

Security Discovery’s Bob Diachenko says that credential stuffing might not be the case here, stating that thousands of Lastpass login credentials were found in the Redline Stealer Malware logs he reported earlier

After receiving the notification, users who changed their master passwords received another similar email several hours earlier, suggesting that the source of the leaked credentials might be inside Lastpass itself. To make matters worse, anyone who tried deleting their Lastpass accounts could not do so, getting an error saying “something went wrong: A.”

The attack specifically targeted Lastpass’ cloud accounts, where users save and sync local passwords to be reused across different devices. 

We recommend you enable multifactor authentication on your Lastpass accounts to prevent them from being compromised even if your master password gets compromised.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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