Myspace dating tips
Now again, this is not to say that as of the end of 2008 My Space would have had 1.5 Hotmail accounts for every 1 Gmail account as they'd already had 6 years of accumulating Hotmail customers and only a couple of years of Gmail customers (at least since they went out of beta).But the patterns do start to fit much better, most notably because Gmail is far enough out of beta to have tens of millions of people use it on My Space but not far enough along it's growth curve to come anywhere near the Hotmail and especially the Yahoo numbers.One possibility that would explain the ginormous volume of data that was taken (the extracted breach file is 33GB) is an insider threat.Keep in mind that we're talking about a time where My Space was running into serious trouble and there were a raft of lay-offs, it's highly conceivable that someone literally walked out the door with the data.Very rarely was anything of substance shared there and more or less, everyone had the same opportunity to meet and connect with others.The interactions were unique because of the anonymity given by using My Space.
Interesting side note: the My Space blog post specifically names "peace" - the seller on the dark market site - which is very unusual in an announcement like this, particularly given he may just be the seller and not the individual who actually hacked the system in the first place.
It's been a crazy time for data breaches and as I wrote yesterday, we've seen a very distinct pattern of historical mega breaches lately.
Fling in 2011, Linked In in 2012, tumblr in 2013 and the mother of them all, My Space in, well, we don't quite know. Firstly, the only data in the breach is an incrementing ID (possibly an internal My Space identifier which would enable to date it), an email address, username and one or two passwords.
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.
When we look at the top 3 email address in the My Space breach by domain, we see an interesting distribution: What's up with Gmail?!