The first and the biggest Data breach of this year is reported by a researcher on Thursday. He said that more than 773 million unique email IDs and around 20million passwords got leaked from many different websites.
This major leak includes only Email ID and Passwords, there is no report for the leak of credit card details or mobile numbers.
The researcher Troy Hunt reported this by a tweet on Thursday saying that
“Collection #1” credential stuffing list began broadly circulating last week and contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses with plain text passwords.
This collection of leaked passwords and Email IDs which around 87GB in size and it is accessible to anybody. You can Get more deep details about these leaks on the blog of the Security expert Troy Hunt.
How and Where These files are available?
These data breach files are available in a plain text on a dark web forum and was available for sale. Many people who use Darkweb reported this to the webexperts.
Security researcher Troy hunt was getting so many messages reporting this data leak then he visited the forum and found that there was a collection of more than 12,000 files with more than 2.7 billion records was present on forum named MEGA.
MEGA is a cloud storage and file hosting service provider based in auckland.
How this breach can affect you and how to check that Your Email ID or Passwords are Safe?
According to above reports it is clear that Card details was not present in that leaked file, but it does not ensure your account security.
These Emails and passwords can be used to access your accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Zomato, Internet Banking and lots more. It means that you should change your passwords regularly or update them with a strong combination of letters and symbols.
But if you use 2 factor authentication then there is less chances of break in attempts of your online accounts.
How to check that you data is safe or it is included in this Breach?
The security researcher has made a website where you can check that your Email ID or password was breached anywhere on the Internet or not.
The website is known as “Have I been Pwned”, this website contains a list of all leaked Email accounts and passwords, and you can check that any of your Emails or password was part of any data breach before or not.
You can also check your passwords that it was included in any breaches or not. This website has a list of all major leaked information.
How you can Protect Yourself from These Breaches?
Internet is becoming more fragile these days, as more people are coming to the internet everyday. Some people which are new in this digital world are more likely to get affected by these data leaks.
That is why many security experts recommend to use a long and strong combination of password. Many users just become lazy when it comes to create the strong password or many of us don’t able to remember these password, by which some users use short length or easy passwords.
The minimum length of your password should be 12 character with a mix of letters and special characters. You should also use any password manager which helps to store passwords in an encrypted form.
I hope you will take care of your online security and share this article with your friends and family.