ATLANTA - If you haven't checked in on your Myspace account in a few years, you might want to do that. The social media site announced it was hacked and that your passwords are up for sale.
But that's not the end of this story. This is a long-term project for hackers.
Myspace says it was hacked in June of 2013 and that info is now up for sale on the Internet.
Search engine "Leaked Source" scours the Internet for stolen information like this and found personal Myspace log-in info for sale.
The social media site writes in its blog that a Russian cyberhacker named "Peace" worked his way through their security and snapped up 360 million usernames and 427 million passwords. Accounts impacted were created before June 11, 2013.
Now, if you go to your account and it was one opened prior to that date then Myspace has invalidated your log-on information. You will be prompted to authenticate your account and reset your password.
The good news in this is that Myspace says the hacker did not get any financial information as it does not collect, use or store any credit card information or financial information of any kind.
OK, that's that, but there's more. My boss got an email got about resetting his password. He's not sure whether it's real or scammers already trying to get you into their system to scoop up your new password.
So what do you do? Do not clink on any of the emailed links. Go outside of the email to Myspace's own website and go in the door that way.
So, again, if you have an old Myspace account, go back in, reset your password. And, if you're not using this social media site anymore, delete the account. And, think about whether the username and password on that account is also being used on other more current accounts. If so, change those, too. Break that connection between the hacked account and your current logons.