Data breach: 773 million email accounts exposed

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A massive data breach has been uncovered compromising more than 773,000,000 email addresses.

According to “wired”, millions of unique passwords have also been jeopardized and posted to a hacking forum.  The major mishap was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs a website called “Have I been pwned”. That tells you if you’ve been hacked.

Hunt says it’s difficult to see where the info originated from, but it could have come from more than 2,000 leaked databases.  Wired says this type of breach has happened before, but never on this scale.

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2 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    It would be nice if there were a way to find out which web sites they have my e-mail address and password for. Though my e-mail address is obviously my username on many sites, I use different and strong passwords on every site, so knowing my password on one site won’t do anything for anyone anywhere else. I don’t know that it’s worth going through and changing my password on probably hundreds of sites just because someone knows a couple of them. Perhaps on the ones that could do the most damage – like those where I’ve got a credit card registered that could be used to place an order for something – it would make sense to change my password. But I try to avoid even leaving that kind of information on an account if I can possibly avoid it, so there are very few of those.

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