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The 773 Million Record “Collection #1” Data Breach

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Another Massive data breach with over 773 Million Accounts

This is  a new massive data breach,this was reported by a security researcher Troy Hunt.Troy hunt maintains the Have I being pwned site.Have I being pwned gives online users an ability to search whether your email or password has being compromised. the data breach

Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows.It’s made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources.

According to Troy Hunt, ” In total, there are 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords. This is when treating the password as case sensitive but the email address as not case sensitive. This also includes some junk because hackers being hackers, they don’t always neatly format their data dumps into an easily consumable fashion. (I found a combination of different delimiter types including colons, semicolons, spaces and indeed a combination of different file types such as delimited text files, files containing SQL statements and other compressed archives.”

Never reuse passwords across multiple sites; it increases your exposure by orders of magnitude. Get a password manager. Have I Been Pwned integrates directly into 1Password—automatically checking all of your passwords against its database—but you’ve got no shortage of good options. Enable app-based two-factor authentication on as many accounts as you can, so that a password isn’t your only line of defense. And if you do find your email address or one of your passwords in Have I Been Pwned, at least know that you’re in good company.

This data breach nay involve credentials for multiple users of business website/services.

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