1.4B Credentials Dumped, Dark Web Database Found

From Data Dump to Dark Web Database 

On Dec. 5, 2017, a massive database with data from over 300 data breaches was discovered on the Dark Web. This Dark Web database contains over 1.4 billion unique clear text, or publicly viewable, login credentials, which experts have confirmed are legitimate pairings. 

To make a long story short, 41GB of publicly viewable data was dumped on the Dark Web. From there, the information became accessible via a “Dark Web database,” allowing hackers to search the aggregated data by password type, user, breach event and more. 

Unlike a single data breach event, this database aggregates breached data from hundreds of big-name data breaches like Netflix, LinkedIn, Minecraft and Bitcoin. The database is even more concerning because the information was found in clear text – meaning that anyone with access to it can view it.  Continue reading

1 Billion Breached, 2nd Yahoo Hack

Yahoo 1 Billion Users Breached

UPDATE 10/5/2017: In 2016, Yahoo confirmed that its 2013 data breach affected 1 billion accounts – making it the largest data breach in history. Unfortunately, the company confirmed today that all Yahoo accounts were affected, bringing the number closer to 3 billion. 

Yahoo’s breach compromised email, Tumblr, Fantasy and Flickr accounts. The news comes after the company received new information that revealed more accounts were impacted than originally reported.  Continue reading

Why Are Fraudsters Targeting College Students?

If you know any college students or are one yourself, take advantage of this inside look at identity theft – and make sure to pass it on.

College opens minds to new ideas, doors to new opportunities and (unfortunately) eyes to issues often overlooked: experiencing identity theft and fraud. The 20 to 29 age group is most affected by identity theft, representing 20 percent of victims according to a 2014 Federal Trade Commission report.

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