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Comcast resets 200,000 users’ passwords after Dark Net ads claim to sell them

Of course, you can always reset it yourself.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Nov 10, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 4:26 pm CDT

Over 590,000 hacked Comcast customer usernames and passwords are reportedly on sale on the Dark Net for $1,000.

In response, Comcast reset more than 200,000 user passwords, the Internet service provider told CSO Online.

It’s not clear where the data comes from, but Comcast insists that the source is not a breach of the communications giant’s own security. The fact that many of the accounts appear to be out of date or fake lends credence to that assertion.

It’s possible for hackers to gain access to masses of information like this without breaching Comcast’s own systems. Instead, they could breach wide swaths of customer devices or other networks with the information.

Comcast customers can also manually reset their password, something all users should do on a regular basis as a security measure.

Simply navigate to Comcast’s login page and click Forget your password? The reset is painless, and it gives you a layer of protection against thefts like this.

H/T CSO Online | Photo via Luke Higgott/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2015, 12:32 pm CST