There has been a huge data breach that the media is not talking about, a breach that has exposed 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords to malicious hackers.
The massive theft of email and password combinations was stolen this month and was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt.
Hunt calls the trove of info “Collection #1.”
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“Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows. It’s made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources,” Hunt wrote.
What does this mean for you and me, the normal (non-hacking) email user?
It means millions of us are open to a hacking.
As Gizmodo notes:
According to Hunt, it means compromised email and password combos are more vulnerable for a practice called credential stuffing. Basically, credential stuffing is when breached username or email/password combos are used to hack into other user accounts. This could impact anyone who has used the same username and password combo across multiple sites. This is concerning as the Collection #1 breach contains almost 2.7 billion combos. Plus, around 140 million emails and 10 million passwords from Collection #1 were new to Hunt’s HIBP database—meaning they’re not from previously reported megabreaches.
But if you are curious if your email and password have been breached, Hunt has set up a way for you to check it.
Click over to “Pwned Passwords,” type in any of your passwords, and see if it appears in the database of exposed emails and passwords.
But there is worse news. The hacker who claims to have released Collection #1 says he has six more collections of stolen passwords. That would mean millions more are exposed.
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