Hacker Posts over 51 Million iMesh User Accounts for Sale on the Dark Web
June 16, 2016
On June 9, 2016, iMesh shut down their service without prior notification to users. Their home web page was changed to read, "We are sad to inform you that iMesh is no longer available. Their Support page was changed to read "Due to changes in the music industry we regret to inform you that iMesh will no longer be available for download, and will no longer sell subscriptions or music tracks." Since that time, over 51 million user accounts were made available for sale on the Real Deal Dark Web marketplace by the hacker known as “Peace”.
The LeakedSource, a company that specializes in collecting user data from data breaches, announced on June 13th
, that the site was likely hacked in 2013. Data analyzed by LeakedSource indicates that most of iMesh's users were from the US (13.7 million), and that most of them signed up with Hotmail or Yahoo email address, and that almost one million people used 123456 as their password.
Following a lawsuit in 2003 by the RIAA against the site for copyright infringement, iMesh became the very first “RIAA approved” file-sharing/P2P media site, a site similar to Napster. In 2009, it was the third most popular music site in the US. The site allowed users in the US and Canada to download music content of their choice for a monthly fee in the form of either a Premium subscription or a "ToGo" subscription.
The hacker is seeking 0.5 Bitcoin (approximately $370) for the entire data file with all records. LeakedSource says Peace is in possession of 51,310,759 iMesh records. This is the same hacker who's also selling details from LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, and MySpace.
Since the site is now shut down, it will be much more difficult to obtain confirmation of the actual information stolen in the data breach.
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