Database containing 560 million passwords discovered
Security researchers from Kromtech Security Research Center have discovered a massive database that contains more than 560 million email addresses and passwords collected from different sources. The database is 75+ gigabytes in size.
Security researchers informed the hosting provider of the cloud-based IP address which contains the database file, but it is unclear if hosting provider took necessary precautions.
But the important point is that some 243 million of these addresses have been identified on ‘Have I Been Pwned (HIBP)’ website and related with massive data breaches. (HIBP is a popular website allowing users to see if their accounts have been compromised in previous data leaks).
After running a sample set at his HIBP project, Troy identified 243,692,899 unique emails, with almost every single address is already in HIBP, mostly centred around the big incidents.
So, these email addresses and passwords were leaked during previous data breaches and anyone downloaded the database file in subject is likely to use this accounts. It is strongly advised to check your email address on ‘Have I Been Pwned‘ website and if you found that it was compromised, change your password immediately.
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