The data was in the middle of december discovered on cloud-based MEGA by security expert Troy Hunt. In a blog post he explains that it is a huge amount of information: more than one billion combinations of e-mail addresses and passwords, which together accounted for a whopping 87 gigabytes of data. A part of which combinations consists of addresses and passwords that occur several times in the collection, but in addition, there are 773 million unique e-mail addresses and 21 million unique passwords. the
Hunt called the collection ‘Collection #1’, to the name of the folder with the files received. The package was not only shared via the cloud-based, but also appeared on a popular hackersforum.
It's for clarity, not to create a new datalek or ‘hack’. The database may be composed of stolen data from many legacy data breaches. Hunt took his own data, he says. “My personal data in it, and that is accurate: the correct e-mail address and a password that I many years ago,” says Hunt. the
About 140 million e-mail addresses in the folder are ‘new’. They are not more likely to be found in databases of stolen information.
There is no reason for panic, but the collection of data is at least special. The ‘data dump’ is gigantic, and get the title of the largest collection of stolen data ever online was discovered. In addition, that data public on the internet. That means that they are not only on the darkweb to be found by cyber criminals, but that literally everyone it could. the
On the one hand, it is likely especially to older data. It may be that your password is listed in the database, but, for example, only the password that you years ago. That in itself is not a disaster, unless you always use the same password recycles. And this is where the problem lies: many people use the same passwords for different accounts, and that for years at a stretch.
On the website Have I've been Pwned you can check if your email address is listed in the collection. The search engine compares your e-mail address with the addresses contained in all the known data breaches. In addition, it is always a good idea to use a password manager to use.