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Another Major Data Leak Has Occurred – 1.4 Billions Users Affected

By March 23, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

The internet is beginning to resemble the wild west, thanks to this latest data breach, which has exposed almost a billion and a half email addresses and a full range of other personal information. The two things that make this particular incident noteworthy are its sheer size and the target of the hack. In this case, the target was one of the web’s largest spamming operations, River City Media (RCM).

To give you a sense of River City’s scope and scale, some of the documents left exposed by the hack detail that on a single day of operation, the company was responsible for sending out emails to more than 18 million messages to Gmail users and 15 million messages to AOL users, netting them a little over $36,000. That amounts to more than thirteen million dollars over the course of the year.

The database exposed by the breach was found by security researchers Chris Vickery and Steve Ragan of MacKeeper and CSOOnline, respectively, who discovered it on an open server without the benefit of even rudimentary password protection. It was literally sitting in plain sight, for all the world to see.

Not only did it contain a great deal of proprietary information about how the company is run, but also included some 1.4 billion user records containing email addresses, passwords, physical addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses and more.

Given the sheer size of the database, odds are good that your name is on it. Even if it isn’t, it’s almost a certainty that you know someone whose name is on it.

Needless to say, in light of this discovery, it’s time to change your passwords again. All of them. And if you’re one of the multitude of users still logging in with the same password across multiple websites, it’s well past time to change your approach. As this breach demonstrates, it’s just a matter of time before you fall victim to identity theft.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.