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The group said that the most common four passwords were some combination of "123456789", which in part made it easier to determine a significant portion of the leaked passwords.The breach notification confirmed that it has added the breached data into its database, alongside another 2.3 million records from 10 other websites that the group bundled in with its blog post.
The databases were stolen in early August, according to breach notification site Leaked Source.com, which obtained a copy of the databases.
The hackers' names aren't known, but they used known SQL injection vulnerabilities found in older v Bulletin forum software to get access to the databases.
An analysis of the breached data showed that hackers took 12.8 million accounts from ru; a total of 8.9 million records from ru, and 3.2 million accounts from ru.
A member of the Leaked Source group told me that about half of the passwords -- around 12 million -- were easily cracked using readily available cracking tools.
That's because, according to the group's blog post, the sites "all used some variation of MD5 with or without unique salts", an algorithm that is considered insecure by today's standards.