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IT security : data set with millions of passwords discovered

The Internet has emerged a huge data set using stolen Log-in information. In it, nearly 773 million different E-Mail to be included addresses, and over 21 million in clear text readable by different passwords, said the IT security expert Troy Hunt in the night to Thursday.

The data set to gather information "from many individual Data thefts and Thousands of different sources," wrote Hunt in a blog entry on Thursday. The Microsoft employee operates a database in which Internet users can check if their Log-in are affected the in-information of Data thefts.

In the past years, there had been several Hacker attacks, in which hundreds of millions of combinations of email addresses and passwords were looted. The passwords were encrypted but for the most part cryptographic.

Internet users should now check if your Log-in data into the grid and more or less free to find. Can help databases, in the security researcher to the hacker attacks or data leaks, compromised access to upload data.

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Troy Hunt itself operates about the query services "Pwned Passwords" and "Have I been pwned?". The Federal office for information security (BSI) advises Internet users to check with the help of such services, whether or not you have been stolen outflows of sensitive data such as user names and passwords with the known Data.

there Is a hit, it should change the burned password and will not be used. Caution: The fact that a password is not available in this or any of the other databases, it does not mean that it is safe.

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online accounts should not only be protected with strong, but with individual passwords and, if possible, a Two-factor authentication. Especially important is a well-secured E-Mail account, because it is often a sort of General key for many other services, the Links to Reset the password and send it via email. As a tool to Manage and make Use of many different good passwords, the BSI advises the use of password managers. (dpa)

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