LastPass master passwords compromised | Will Google penalize a site if it's shut it down for some months? | News from around our Industry

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Subject: LastPass master passwords compromised | Will Google penalize a site if it's shut it down for some months? | News from around our Industry
Date: December 29th 2021

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December 29th 2021

LastPass master passwords compromised

News broke yesterday that many LastPass users were reporting their master passwords being compromised after receiving email warnings that someone tried to use them to log into their accounts from unknown locations. LastPass apparently indicated it's credential stuffing related to fairly common bot-related activity using data obtained from third-party breaches. However, users receiving these warnings have stated that their passwords are unique to LastPass and not used elsewhere, and some have even changed their master passwords only to receive another alert. Others have reported issues trying to delete or disable their accounts. An obvious recommendation is that all LastPass users should enable multi-factor authentication immediately if they haven't already. Are you affected?

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Will Google penalize a site if it's shut it down for some months?

In our SEO and SEM discussion area, Francisco asks if shutting a site down for a few months (actually taking it offline) will cause Google to penalize it. When he brings it back online will Google treat it as a brand new site, or restore the original rankings, or something inbetween? There's also existing backlinks to the site to consider. Some may have been removed when discovered to be broken but, for those that still exist, is it necessary to maintain existing old content that's been linked to to avoid 404 error messages, etc. when the site is put back online? There's a variety of opinions posted in the thread already, but no firm conclusion as yet. Have you been through this experience yourself?

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News from around our Industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially The Lounge. Here we we highlight just some of the interesting news items from the around forum:

  • A toy that could let your neighbours eavesdrop - The Chatter, a novelty Fisher-Price toy phone, does not have a secure pairing process to stop unauthorized phones in Bluetooth range from connecting to it and could be exploited by a nearby neighbor or a determined attacker.
  • Another AWS outage - Amazon Web Services suffered another outage last Wednesday, causing issues with Amazon, Slack, Imgur and more. They've since confirmed the cause to be a power outage in the USE1-AZ4 availability zone which was resolved later that day.
  • European cloud and infrastructure providers launch Structura-X initiative - Approximately 20 European cloud and infrastructure providers have launched a new initiative called Structura-X to build joint Gaia-X-compliant infrastructure services. The first offerings from the new project are expected around mid-2022.

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