Trapster is an online service that notifies users of road hazards and helps them avoid speeding tickets. Now it has notified its users of a possible compromise to over 10 million email addresses and passwords — that number is based upon the posted total users on the site.
It is digital and therefore hackable version of an old time custom driver flashing lights warn of oncoming cars on the upcoming speed traps. Drivers helped other riders destinations and avoid traffic tickets. started by Trapster, the so-called Boston Globe it was “a speed trap sharing system, where to warn the other user to spotting a police officer with a radar gun.” A few years later, with the ability to mass-source world of speed cameras over 10 million users in total may have been a targeted Trapster.
Trapster warned users through emails and Peer360 that the company website, “has been the target of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised.”
The Trapster team reported: “We have already written the software code, new, to prevent, not once this type of attack happened, and will continue to additional security measures to implement further protect your data.” The advice for users to change password is a “precautionary measure”. After over 1 million user e-mails and passwords has been violated on Gawker clear that reuse of passwords is a problem of epic proportions was.
The Wall Street Journal analyzed the top 50 Gawker Media (Gawker, Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Jezebel) passwords are some of the most popular choices were “123456″, “password” and “qwerty”. PC World publishes Password Security Best Practices, to see the good that could change your password before the Trapster. In 2009, Wired Trapster as one of the best location based applications on behalf of and allows users to “drive fast, avoid the police.”
Since the App grew in popularity, said the police chief DC Cathy Lanier Washington Examiner, Trapster cowardly tactics “and” People who rely excessively on the break the law and still go “technology, one of them is” getting caught “in the one or another. “The article added that the greater DC had” 290 red light and speed cameras. ”
The Trapster blog claims his success is due to “our loyal users and moderators Trapster army” but no mention of passwords may have been abused. There was no reply to my e-mail asking questions. In the search of information about the hack, review # Trapster tweets, they ranged from speed cameras, someone 30 + passwords to the possible compromise Trapster had to change, warn other users to change their passwords, a tweet Bashing Trapster security, has to out Trapster’s unencrypted login to the left of funny stories as a rogue turning a radar in Wall-E. There have been no signs of Trapster passwords wild in the … So it may well be on the cautious “but as the page to change your password.
According to trapster.com, lead-foot people who don’t have GPS smartphones can also benefit from using Trapster as text message alerts can be sent. The app alerts users of many types of road “traps” like red light cameras, speed traps, checkpoints, and accident scenes. Trapster allows anyone, not only registered users, to view the TrapMap of speed traps in their area. Trapster also works with iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Palm, and GPS devices like TomTom and Garmin. The low-low price of free is definitely right.
It seems like Trapster should consider encrypting the login. If the site was breached and all those email addresses and passwords were compromised, the 10,028,551 total users make the 1.3 million exposed usernames and passwords from the Gawker Media hack look tiny.
If you use Trapster, change your password.