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There’s A Good Chance You’re On This Hacked Passwords List

By June 8, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

Security researchers have stumbled across a vast treasure trove of hacked user accounts residing in a completely unprotected database online. The database contains more than 560 million user names, email addresses, passwords, IP addresses, physical addresses and more.

The database was discovered via the Shodan search engine, which searches the web for open ports and unprotected files and devices like this one. What’s worse is the fact that those same security researchers identified nearly a dozen databases with either limited security or none at all, in addition to the one being reported here, which collectively contain several terrabytes of data.

The researchers were quick to point out that after analyzing a small subset of the data consisting of ten thousand records, it was determined that more than 98 percent of the records on file here are from previously reported large scale data breaches. Those breaches include LinkedIn, DropBox, MySpace, Adobe, Tumblr and others, so this isn’t evidence of a new breach, but a massive collection effort designed to centralize the data.

The only obvious purpose for such a collection effort would be to weaponize the accounts as part of a massive hacking campaign.

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your passwords, now is the time. If you aren’t yet using a good password manager, it’s probably well past time to start doing that as well. If you don’t already make use of the excellent, free website created by Troy Hunt called “Have I Been Pwned,” you should probably check your email account today to see if it’s been caught in any of the recent high-profile data breaches.

This is a problem that’s not going away on its own, and it’s likely to get worse as the year rolls on. Don’t allow inaction to make you a victim. Change your passwords today, and if you’re still one of the legion of people who use the same password on multiple web properties, it’s time to bring that practice to an end as well.

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.