LastPass was hacked and your data could be at risk

LastPass was hacked and your data could be at risk

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A password manager is essential for modern internet users. These tools store and generate login information for all your devices and accounts. They can be installed as software or accessed via a website, browser extension or the cloud.

LastPass is a popular password manager that stores information beyond passwords, such as addresses, passports and credit cards. And if you’re a customer, we have bad news. It has been hacked. So what does this mean for you?

The attack

In a blog post, LastPass CEO Karim Toubba revealed that the company detected some “unusual activity within parts of the LastPass development environment” two weeks ago.

An investigation revealed that no customer data or encrypted password vaults were compromised.

The blog says an “unauthorized party” entered the system through a compromised developer account and took some source code and proprietary LastPass technical information. “Our products and services are working normally,” Toubba concluded.

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While LastPass says there is no evidence that customer data or encrypted password vaults were compromised, the threat actors stole parts of its source code and “proprietary LastPass technical information,” which could lead to compromises.

LastPass sent customers an email with the same blog post information.

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The response

LastPass contained the attack and hired a cybersecurity and investigative firm to investigate. According to the blog post, the incident has been contained, security measures were increased, and there is no further evidence of malicious activity.

The blog post included answers to some concerns that users may have:

Were any master passwords compromised?

Your Master LastPass password gives you access to everything in your account, including passwords, notes, and form fill items. LastPass says the incident did not compromise master passwords, as the company does not store or have knowledge of that information (this is an excellent example of zero-knowledge architecture).

Has any data in the vaults been compromised?

LastPass says the incident occurred in the development environment and there is no evidence that anyone accessed the encrypted vault data. The company put down a reminder that the zero-knowledge model only allows the customer to decrypt vault data.

Has any personal information been compromised?

According to the investigation, there is no evidence of unauthorized access to customer data.

What should be done?

LastPass says no users need to do anything now. The company links to a best practices page, which includes password tips and links to the LastPass Authenticator app.

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We strongly recommend using multi-factor authentication for all your accounts and devices.

How to get more information?

“We will continue to update our customers with the transparency they deserve.” Not much help there. Tap or click here for the LastPass support page.

What we recommend

Even if your data wasn’t accessed, the hackers may have information that could expose them. Go ahead and change your master password ASAP. The instructions can be found here:

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