772 million email addresses and 21 million passwords exposed in major data breach

It is believed that this could be the biggest data breach in recent times

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jan 18, 2019 12:46 PM Updated: Jan 18, 2019 12:46 PM
DataBreach

It has been reported that data stored on the cloud storage service MEGA, has been compromised, thus resulting in the leak of more than 87 GB of passwords and email addresses. It is believed that this could be the biggest data breach in recent times.

According to media reports, the leaked data, containing 22 million unique passwords and over 772 million email addresses, had been distributed in a folder called ‘Collection # 1’ by hackers who posted the link to the folder on a hacking forum.

The breach was first reported by Troy Hunt, a security researcher who runs the site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), where people can check if their email has been compromised in a data breach.

In Hunt's blog, it is said that a large file of 12,000 separate files and 87GB of data from a combination of 2,000 databases had been uploaded to MEGA and then shared on a popular hacking forum.

The cache of emails and passwords seems to have been collected from several data breaches dating back to 2008. 

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