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Reddit Locks Down Accounts After Security Incident

January 10, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

A large number of Reddit users have been locked out of their accounts as a precaution while the site’s admins investigate potential unauthorized access. Staffer “Sporkicide” would not disclose exactly how many users were affected by the move, but claimed in a post yesterday that “a large group of accounts were locked down due to a security concern.” “By ‘security concern,’ we mean unusual activity that did not correspond to the account’s normal behavior that may indicate unauthorized access,” the admin continued. “The most common explanation for this is the use of very simple passwords or the reuse of credentials across multiple websites or services. If another site is compromised and those lists of usernames and passwords become available, it’s very likely that they will be tried against other popular sites to see if they work and this means that any account where you use the same credential combination is then at...