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Around 51m User Accounts Posted for Sale after Collecting from Currently Deceased File-Sharing Company iMesh

The account credentials of subscribers of the iMesh file-sharing utility, no longer into existence, can be obtained from the illegal Internet marketplace through purchase.

iMesh, which was based in New York as a sharing company for video and music, provided peer-to-peer (P2P) facility. During the initial period of 2000s when file sharing was an active practice, iMesh acquired much fame taking the advantage of "dotcom" prosperity. In 2003, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) filed a suit against iMesh because it allegedly supported copyright infringement. Subsequently, iMesh received recognition as a P2P service enjoying the foremost approval.

LeakedSource, a specialist firm collating user data that data hacks facilitate for the public, declared that it got all of the data via iMesh.

One can obtain the same databases by buying them from the darknet marketplace The Real Deal. Also, the seller of the databases is that same hacker who as well posted the data from MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn for sale.

An assessment of the posted contents reveals there is slightly more than 51m accounts.

With a portion of the database that ZDNet shared for substantiating, there are user details in the wider database which are from late-2005 the time period the website posted passwords that had been salted and hashed using the MD5 algorithm easily cracked nowadays, user IDs, e-mail ids, registration data, the IP addresses and locations of users, along with other information like whether there are inbox messages for the accounts, else whether the accounts are inactive. Zdnet.com posted this, June 13, 2016.

The assessment by LeakedSource further reveals that the majority of iMesh's subscribers belonged to USA (13.7m), with the majority signing up through Yahoo (10.5m) and Hotmail (14.3m) e-mail ids, while nearly 1m subscribers used the password 123456.

Storing of passwords by iMesh was very simply done that could be easily cracked. They were first salted followed with channeling through the MD5 algorithm, once more salted followed with again channeling through MD5.

As on behalf of iMesh, Roi Zemmer, chief operating officer stated via certain electronic mail that his organization wasn't wary about any hacks.

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