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eHarmony also hacked, 'small fraction' of member passwords compromised

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The LinkedIn hacking scandal that shot 'round the web today was apparently larger than first realized. After Ars Technica noticed that some of the nearly 6.5 million passwords contained the word "harmony" or "eHarmony," that very site has confirmed that some passwords have been compromised

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The LinkedIn hacking scandal that shot 'round the web today apparently affects more than just that one site. Ars Technica noticed that some of the nearly 6.5 million passwords contained the word "harmony" or "eHarmony" and noted that many passwords often contain (or are the same word as) the site they're meant to access. Sure enough, eHarmony.com has confirmed that some passwords have been compromised. In a blog post, eHarmony says that "a small fraction" of its users have been affected and it has already reset those users' passwords. It's not known how many users from eHarmony were actually affected, but one hopes that eHarmony is being honest when it characterizes the number as a "small fraction." eHarmony didn't immediately suggest the non-affected members change their passwords — but we do.