The world’s largest leak of emails and passwords to mailboxes: here’s how to check your mail on hacking
In the online leaked 772 904 991 unique emails and 21 222 975 unique passwords: check your Inbox in the list.
In our days there is no shortage in the leakage of data. Today it is not new. But this is the world’s largest drain logins and passwords to mailboxes should make you pay attention. Newly discovered “Collection No. 1” is the largest public leak of data: open 772 904 991 unique emails and 21 222 975 unique password.
For the first time this violation was reported by Troy hunt, the security researcher who runs the website “Have I Been Pwned” (HIBP). On this website you can verify that you have compromised your email is hacked data. In his blog, hunt says that a large file of 12 000 individual files and the amount of data 87 GB has been downloaded in the MEGA – popular cloud service. The concern is that the database contains “nehelenia” passwords, that is, methods used for scrambling these passwords in unreadable lines, that is, the boxes were hacked, using the disclosed password.
So what does this mean for the average person? According to hunt, this means that the compromised combination of email and passwords more vulnerable. In fact, the filling of credentials is compromised when the combination of user name or email and password used to hack into other user accounts. This may affect anyone who used the same username and password on multiple sites. It concerns the fact that the violation Collection # 1 contains almost 2.7 billion combinations. In addition, about 140 million email messages and 10 million passwords from the Collection No. 1 was new to the database HIBP hunt – this means that they do not relate to the previously reported leaks.
If you wonder whether your emails and passwords are part of an array, caught in the net, you can check it on the website HIBP here. You can also manually search for which of your passwords have been compromised.
We checked my corporate e-mail and, surprisingly, found out that our email was disclosed along with a few passwords that are no longer used. The recommendations of the site haveibeenpwned.com in this case are as follows: if you find your email in this directory, you should change your password immediately. Moreover, it is desirable to do it not only on the mailbox, but in the other services where you used the same username (mailbox) and password.
The conclusion of this regular leaks of confidential data, as always, alone. You have to use traditional security methods. Do not re-use passwords, enable two-factor authentication, and if you are planning in the future to use the password generator, now is the time to enter this.