In 2019, there was news of a possible breach of LiveJournal data. In May of 2020, the breach was confirmed by the release of the data on a hacking forum. There were 26 million records exposed from the site, which included email addresses, passwords, and usernames for the service.
There were 52 berry.edu or vikings.berry.edu email addresses included in the breach.
To find out if your information is included, you can go to Have I Been Pwned and enter your email address in the search form. While you are there, you can also sign up for breach notifications involving your Berry or other email addresses by clicking on “Notify Me” at the top of any page on the site.
If your information was included, be sure to change your password for the LiveJournal website. Also, check your posts and settings to make sure they have not been altered.
Be sure to NEVER reuse your Berry email password for any other website or service! Stay vigilant against phishing emails by learning what to look for. Check out the Phishing Quick Info page here on this site at a minimum.
As always, if you have questions about any of this, you can contact Information Security using the information on the right-hand side of any page on this site.
If you haven’t signed up for multi-factor authentication (MFA), what are you waiting for? This adds an additional layer of protection to your Berry account and lets you keep the same password for a whole year! Setup takes only a few minutes. Make your request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to tell them you want MFA!
If I’m not covering a topic of information security you are interested in or concerned about, please let me know. I want to be your first and best resource on information security, so let me know how I can help and inform you.
If you’re not following Berry OIT on Facebook (@BerryCollegeOIT), Twitter (@berryoit), or Instagram (@berrycollegeoit), you should be, as more information from OIT and specifically Information Security, will be provided using these outlets. Remember you can always check back here for warnings about current phishing emails, confirmations of valid emails you might have a question about, and data breach notifications. There’s also the Q&A section, where you can ask a question and get an answer directly from me, and the events calendar where events like tables in Krannert and LunchITS will be posted.