Hackers break into centralized password manager OneLogin

Hackers break into centralized password manager OneLogin
In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Hackers have gained access to OneLogin, an online password manager that offers a single sign-on to multiple websites and services. The breach raises questions about the security of other accounts kept with OneLogin. According to published reports, OneLogin informed customers that the breach included the ability to access encrypted data; passwords are typically stored that way. OneLogin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Hackers have gained access to OneLogin, an online password manager that offers a single sign-on to multiple websites and services.

OneLogin said in a blog post that it couldn't rule out the possibility that hackers got keys to reading encrypted data, such as stored .

Published reports, however, say OneLogin informed customers that the hackers indeed got that capability. OneLogin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Password managers help people keep track of passwords for a growing array of websites and services that require one. Instead of having to remember complex passwords for each one, people can just remember a master password. The password then unlocks other accounts as needed.

Some say that despite the risks of breaches with password managers, using one to keep track of multiple complex passwords is far better than repeatedly using the same ones at multiple sites.

In 2015, rival LastPass said hackers obtained some user information—although not actual passwords. It advised all users to change their LastPass master password.

While LastPass offers its services to both individuals and businesses, OneLogin focuses on corporate customers and lets employees of those companies access a range of services from Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others. OneLogin's customers include Pinterest and Conde Nast.


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KBK
Jun 02, 2017
Of course, one simply has to be smart enough to realize there is no sense in using such services in the first place.

Just keep your shit together and deal with the hassle of individually entered passwords at every single time of use, and your security level goes way way up and stays there.

I don't use auto logins for a single thing. And neither should you.

pass words are a pain. Deal with it. Suck it up.

Or get stuck being invaded -- like this article says is your eventual outcome.

It's Russian roulette. The trick is to never sit down and play.

Jun 04, 2017
Half the people out there are too stupid to remember their own names, let alone a SLEW of passwords. They open attachments in strange emails, they record passwords in things that can get stolen. IMO, a centralized system is probably no more harm to them than none.

Jun 05, 2017
KBK:
Of course


"Russian roulette" indeed.

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