Since we now accept that a new data breach will occur every day, there is a risk that breaches become normalised and people begin to switch off when warning messages are sent out. This would be like ignoring the upcoming flu season, but of course this rarely happens because there is so much publicity and informed public awareness, that we tend to take the flu seriously.
It can never be over stated how important it is to practice good password hygiene and like most potentially serious risks, there are some simple things that even non-technical people can undertake to greatly minimise the risks of a data breach.
Here are some useful tips worth considering.
Massive 711 Million Emails and Passwords Dumped and You Are Probably on the List…I was Posted on August 30, 2017 by Steve Mierzejewski A malware researcher going by the Twitter handle, Benkow moʞuƎq, has uncovered a huge stash of emails and passwords stored on an open server in The Netherlands. The stolen credentials were apparently harvested by a spambot known as, Onliner. This spambot has been used to deliver banking malware which has compromised over 100,000 accounts. Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) website, has called this the “largest single set of data I’ve ever loaded into HIBP.” Over 711 million credentials are listed with only 27% being repeats from previous dumps. That’s probably the most sobering fact to extract from this data. His report gives more details of this dump.