2 billion emails and passwords hacked

Data breach is becoming common day by day, we have seen that happening with Facebook and Google Plus. Now, as per the cyber security researcher has stumbled upon details of over 2 billion emails and passwords hacked and are floating on the web in plain text. Troy Hunt, an Australia-based cyber security researcher and who earlier criticised india’s Aadhaar project after finding basic errors in its code, found the emails and passwords in files that were uploaded on MEGA, a file sharing website. The emails and passwords, according to Hunt, were stored in over 12,000 separate files. All files combined had a size of 87GB.

Hunt on January 17, in a blog post on his website, says that these files are no longer available on Mega but they were still available in web forums popular with hackers.

Hunt worked with the data that he got. He says that there were over
2 billion emails and passwords hacked in the leaked data dump, probably collected from various data breaches in the last few years. However, there were many duplicate entries in the database, which Troy tried to clean as much as possible. “The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991. This data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of ‘cleanliness’. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP,” writes Troy.

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Now that the data has been loaded into the Have, I Been Pwned tool, it can be used by anyone to look for compromised emails IDs. This means, if you suspect or even if you just want to check whether your email ID has been exposed or not, you can go to the https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and do a search with your email ID.

If you also want to check the status of any password that you use, or used, you can do that as well by checking https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords.

Overall data security is becoming a major concerns and with
2 billion emails and passwords hacked details its is going to be worse.

So, what should you do if your mail id has been made public? Below are some of the steps you should follow immediately, if your email ID and password have been leaked.

  • Change your password immediately and turn on two factor authentications. Services like Gmail offer two-factor authentication.
  • Ensure that you go to email settings and revoke permissions to services where your email account is used. For example, if you use your Gmail account to log into Flipkart, revoke the permission given to Flipkart. Give it back again if required, but as a safety measure in case of your email and password leak, you first revoke all permissions.
  • Also, as a good measure, ensure that even if you are using your email ID in some third-party service, you don’t use the same password. Always have unique passwords for different services.
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