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Last.fm is the latest site to suffer a password breach

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Last.fm is the latest in a string of sites to admit its passwords are at risk

Music website Last.fm is investigating the leak of "some" of its members' passwords, the UK-based company has said.

A message posted on the site's homepage advised all of its customers to "change their passwords immediately" as a precautionary measure.

The breach follows similar leaks at social network LinkedIn and dating site eHarmony.

Last.fm apologised, saying it took user privacy "very seriously".

It added : "We will never email you a direct link to update your settings or ask for your password.

"We strongly recommend that your new Last.fm password is different to the password you use on other services."

'More to come?'

On Wednesday, business social network LinkedIn admitted that over six million of its users' passwords had been obtained and details posted online.

Graham Cluley, security expert at Sophos, told the BBC he worried the sites could have shared the same vulnerability.

"Can it be coincidence? It seems unlikely to me. There's a mystery in the middle of the LinkedIn breach about how they got the data. You have to worry there's a common vulnerability.

"The fact is, the only people who know are the hackers and maybe the companies concerned, but they may be struggling to work out what's happened.

"Is this the end of the story, or is there more to come?"

He reiterated advice suggesting users have different passwords for different web services.

How to change your LinkedIn password

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Security experts have advised users to change their passwords on LinkedIn. Here's how: First, visit www.linkedin.com, and log in with your details
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Once logged in, hover over your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and select Settings from the menu
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On the next screen, click the Account tab, found near the bottom left-hand side of the page
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Under the Email & Password heading, you will find a link to change your password. If you use the same passwords on other sites, change those too

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