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Hardly a week goes past without a story of a site being hacked and login names and passwords being stolen. Adobe is by far one of the largest in recent months.

Facebook is using information from the hack to force some users to change their password.

The number of stolen passwords from the Adobe website has varied quite wildly. Adobe initially thought about 2.8million users, but increased this to 38 million; it is now feared the number could be as high as 150m!

The passwords are encrypted, however email addresses and password hints are not. A list has now surfaced with details of all the stolen data; Facebook have used this to compare it against their own user base.

If Facebook finds an account with the same email address it will compare the encrypted passwords. If a match is found the Facebook account will then be locked and the user will be presented with a message forcing them to change their password.

message if Facebook think your account matches the Adobe hack

message if Facebook think your account matches the Adobe hack

Kudos to Facebook for being pro-active and yet another reminder not to use the same passwords across the internet!

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