Myspace is a “graveyard of personal data” that anyone can access
A security researcher has revealed that anyone’s old Myspace account can be easily accessed just by knowing a few basic pieces of personal information.
Myspace became one of most popular social network sites following its creation in 2003, but was rapidly overtaken by Facebook and others.
At its peak it attracted around 75 million active users a month and these users have now been warned that their accounts are at risk of being hacked.
According to Leigh-Anne Galloway, a security researcher at Positive Technologies, the account recovery mechanism that Myspace provides for users who no longer have access to their old email addresses can be quite easily tricked into letting anyone in.
All hackers need to know the target user’s full name, Myspace username and date of birth, all information that is often freely available from other social networks.