A data breach known as “Collection #1” exposed approximately 800 million email addresses as well as tens of millions of passwords.
In the beginning of January, multiple people reached out to Australian web security expert Troy Hunt about a sizable collection of files hosted on cloud service MEGA. This collection, which is no longer available on MEGA, consisted of 12,000 separate files containing a total of more than 87 GB of data.
One of the individuals who contacted Hunt informed him that members of a popular hacking forum were spreading the word about the leaked information. Some of them even shared an image of the leak’s root folder, which is named “Collection #1.” Hence the name for this data breach.
In his analysis of the “collection of 2000+ dehashed databases and Combos stored by topic” contained in the root folder, Hunt found 2,692,818,238 rows made up of email addresses and passwords. A little less than half (1,160,253,228) were unique combinations. Digging down even further, Hunt discovered 772,904,991 unique email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords.
This data dump is larger than the majority of security incidents disclosed thus far. But there are a few that stand toe-to-toe with it. In October 2018, for instance, Yahoo agreed to pay $50 million as part of a settlement for a 2013 data breach that exposed all three billion of the web service’s accounts.
Though “Collection #1” derives its leaked information from a number of sources, Hunt decided to upload the dumped files to his Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) service. He did so partly because some 140 million email addresses and over 10 million passwords were new to HIBP. Adding that data could help users discover if they’ve been breached and compare (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by David Bisson. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/nearly-800-million-email-addresses-exposed-in-collection-1-data-breach/