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Jawbone customer email addresses, passwords hacked

Jawbone has informed customers of a hack that resulted in the theft of "limited user information."

The breach affected customers of Jawbone's MyTALK service, which lets customers personalise their headset or speaker with updates, features, and apps.

Jawbone sent emails to affected customers yesterday, warning them that "login information for your Jawbone MyTALK account was compromised by an isolated attack on our system."

The hackers gained access to names, email addresses, and encrypted versions of passwords, Jawbone said, meaning the actual letters and numbers in the password were not immediately revealed.

"We took immediate action to protect your login information," Jawbone said. "Based on our investigation to date, we do not believe there has been any unauthorized use of login information or unauthorized access to information in your account."

Still, Jawbone has disabled the MyTALK passwords of those affected. The company provided users with instructions on how to change their passwords, and warned people not to reuse an old one. If you use the Jawbone password on any other sites, meanwhile, the company recommended you change it on those sites, too.

The news comes the same day that PayPal, Lenovo, and several other companies teamed up on an effort intended to replace the Internet passwords with more secure authentication services. The goal of the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) is to revolutionize online authentication, organisers said.