386 Million User Records from 18 Companies Leaked for Free

computer hacker selling PII on dark web

What Happened?

It was just recently confirmed that starting on July 21, 2020, multiple databases containing the stolen information of over 386 million consumers were posted online in a hacker forum — all for free. The exposed information was stolen from eighteen companies, including Wattpad (270 million user records), Mathway.com (25.8 million user records), Promo.com (22 million user records), and Drizly.com (2.4 million user records) through past data breaches. Many of the 18 companies involved in this data leak have announced security incidents had occurred in 2020, but several remain unknown or undisclosed. The Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in each database varies, but typically contain names, user names, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Hashed passwords can be deciphered, further exposing a breach victim to account takeover and credential stuffing attacks. Continue reading

Website Selling Access to Personal Data Seized by FBI

FBI Seizes WeLeakInfo.com

Ever wonder what happens to your information once it is exposed in a data breach? In most cases, the data is put up for sale to cybercriminals operating in the dark web — the black market of the internet where individuals can act privately and anonymously, and which requires specific “dark web browsers” to access. But one website was designed to house stolen data on the surface, bringing it out of the dark web and putting it at the fingertips of anyone who performed a simple search — starting as low as $2! Continue reading

What Happens To Your Information After a Data Breach?

Data breaches have become all-too-common amongst retailers, businesses, educational institutions and health care facilities. Last year, 1,093 data breaches led to over 36 million compromised records in the United States, leaving millions of Americans’ personal information exposed. 

The best way you can protect your information from compromise is by taking proactive measures to safeguard it, especially after a data breach. Follow us as we break down what can happen to your information after a data breach, what the law says about notifying you of breached data and how to secure information that has already been compromised.  Continue reading

How to Prevent Top-3 Tax Scams of 2017

Don’t get caught in a scam! 

Tax scams come in all shapes and sizes. From phone calls to phishing emails, and even by your own tax preparer, criminals are continuing to find new ways to scam you out of your money and personal information. Tax-related scams can be particularly threatening because the information stolen is often used to commit more serious crimes such as tax identity theft

Follow us as we explore the top-3 tax scams to watch out for this year.  Continue reading