December 2009 a popular website named RockYou.com experienced a horrifying breach. A clever hacker managed to penetrate their systems stealing account information for 32 million users.
Social websites. A weakness for users?
RockYou and other social sites like FaceBook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, require personal information
like your e-mail address, your full name, and sometimes even your birthday or address to verify you are
a real human. While this information seems pretty generic to users, thieves gather this data to build profiles
on unsuspecting users. These profiles are ultimately used for identity theft or hacking personal accounts like for your bank.