The usually silent Anderson has spoken out about My Space’s demise as a result of Facebook’s success, only a few days after the struggling social network was off-loaded by News Corporation for a fraction of the price it bought for in 2005.“My original vision for [My Space] was that everything got better when it was social — so I tried to build all the super popular things used on the web (blogs, music, classifieds, events, photos) on top of My Space’s social layer…Here we have the world's largest provider of email addresses and it has only a fifth the prevalence of Yahoo addresses.Think of the email account distribution like this: But what we need to remember with Gmail is that they're a relatively new player.There are likely some interesting insights to take away from the passwords alone, but it's the email addresses that can help us actually date the thing.
In a blog post Tuesday, My Space said it has disabled the affected passwords so that nobody can use the leaked credentials to gain unauthorized access to accounts.
There's been no information forthcoming from anyone about when this breach actually occurred and there's no explicit indicators in the data dump either (sometimes there are timestamps on account creation or website activity). The passwords are stored as SHA1 hashes of the first 10 characters of the password converted to lowercase.
That's right, truncated and case insensitive passwords stored without a salt.
We’re not sure what’s more terrifying to people: the fact that someone could so easily hack into their Myspace account, or being reminded that their Myspace account might still exist.
"I went on a date with a guy who drummed in a Kiss tribute band.
But quickly I saw that it’s really hard to layer in social to features after the fact.