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updated: 8/19/2014 12:41 PM

Hackers steal encrypted passwords of meetme social network users

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Hackers gained access to some names, e-mails and encrypted passwords of users of MeetMe Inc.'s social network, the company said.

The attack occurred between Aug. 5-7, said Aaron Curtiss, a hired spokesman for the company based in New Hope, Pennsylvania. There was no indication any accounts were accessed or financial information was compromised, he said.

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MeetMe had 864,000 average daily mobile users in June, Geoffrey Cook, chief executive officer, said on an Aug. 4 conference call. Company officials rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange on Aug. 5 when the attack began.

"Although the vulnerability has since been closed, MeetMe recommended to its users who logged in after Aug. 5 that they change their passwords and, if they used their MeetMe passwords for other purposes, to change them there as well," Curtiss, a senior executive with communications company G.F. Bunting, said in an e-mail.

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