We're just two weeks old in 2019, and one of the biggest data leaks in years has surfaced , Well-known security researcher Troy Hunt today announced a major leak consisting of 773 million unique email IDs and 21 million unique passwords, which he calls Collection # 1
Hunt said several people contacted him last week, pointing to a constellation of 12,000 files totaling 87GB and nearly 2.7 billion records hosted on MEGA. He added that the files were removed from the hosting platform, but they insist on a popular hacking forum (which he did not mention). Hunt said the forum post described the source of the data as "a collection of over 2000 disappointed databases and combos (combinations of email addresses and passwords) stored on topics." biggest data leak after Yahoo's colossal debacle in 2013, which hit nearly three billion accounts. The only consolation is that the leaked files do not contain any confidential information (like credit card information).
How to Verify That You Are Concerned
You can easily verify that your email id was part of the collection # 1 Thanks to Hunt, who has integrated the database into his website Did I Pwned . The site is a database for searching email IDs that were part of data leaks.
To review yours, simply go to the site and enter your email ID in the dialog box. If your email ID was not part of the privacy breach, you will receive a message as shown below and you can easily recover.
If your e-mail address is affected, you should change your password immediately. The site also provides a password search to verify that one of the violations of the data contained a specific password that you used.
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