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Old MySpace profiles are easy to hack into, warns expert

For millions of MySpace users, it has likely been years since they last logged into their account.

The once-popular social network, which launched in 2003, was quickly replaced by the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and has since faded into obscurity.

But those who still have a MySpace account are being urged to delete their account after a security expert found that old profiles are easy to hack into using basic personal details.

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Those who still have a MySpace account are being urged to delete their account after a security expert found that old profiles are easy to hack into using basic personal details. Pictured is MySpace's current homepage

Those who still have a MySpace account are being urged to delete their account after a security expert found that old profiles are easy to hack into using basic personal details. Pictured is MySpace's current homepage

THE MYSPACE FLAW 

Last year, MySpace invalidated all passwords for accounts last used before 2013 after a hacker leaked the emails and passwords of over 360 million profiles.

Users now have to reset their password if they wish to log on, but the system is easily cheated.

The only pieces of information needed to fully reset an account's password are the user's name, username and date of birth.

The full name and username of an account holder can be found easily via Google.

Their date of birth can be obtained from other social media accounts or through voting records. 

Leigh-Anne Galloway, a cyber security adviser based in Boston, found that the password re-call for old accounts only requires the user's name, username and date of birth - information easily found online.

Last year, MySpace invalidated all passwords for accounts last used before 2013 after a hacker leaked the emails and passwords of over 360 million profiles.

Users now have to reset their password if they wish to log on, but Ms Galloway found the system is easily cheated.

Usually, to recover an account on a social media site users have to provide the email linked to the profile as well as some personal details.

But because so many MySpace users no longer have access to the old

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