Last month, the popular password management service LastPass suffered its second data breach, where the company detected unusual activity in its third-party cloud storage service. However, this intrusion was much more damaging than initially reported. The hackers were able to steal users’ password vaults in some cases, giving them access to people’s entire collections of encrypted personal data. While the hackers may not yet have the means to unlock it, the threat is still significant.
Hackers had access to the customer account information and metadata
In a blog post, LastPass CEO Karim Toubba revealed that once the hackers obtained the cloud storage access key and dual storage container decryption keys, they were able to copy information from a backup that contained basic customer account information and related metadata. This metadata included company names, end-user names, billing addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and the IP addresses that customers used to access the LastPass service.
There is some good news, however. Toubba explained that “these encrypted fields remain secured with 256-bit AES encryption and can only be decrypted with a unique encryption key derived from each user’s master password using our Zero Knowledge architecture.” He reminded users that LastPass never knows and does not store or maintain the master password.
This news highlights the potential vulnerabilities of using password manager apps. While these apps can be a convenient and secure way to store and manage passwords, they are not impervious to hacking attempts. Users need to remain vigilant and take steps to protect their data, such as using strong, unique passwords for each account and enabling two-factor authentication.
LastPass has assured users that it has taken steps to secure its systems following the data breach and that it will continue to prioritize the safety and security of its customers’ data. However, it is always a good idea to review and update your passwords and security measures regularly to ensure that your data is as protected as possible.
This article originally appeared on https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/12/lastpass-says-hackers-stole-customer-data-in-recent-data-breach.html