It has only been 45 days since the new year 2019 kick-started. However, 2.2 billion accounts have already been compromised!
Last month, a collection of personal information and consumer data was leaked, dubbed as ‘Collection #1’, this bunch consisted of more than 1 billion unique email address and password combinations for hackers.
Followed it came Collections 2-5 which shared another 1.2 billion accounts. Now, a new revelation has shared that a further 617 million accounts have become compromised from 16 different websites. The information is being sold to hackers on the dark web.
For less than $20,000 in Bitcoin, it is claimed, the following pilfered account databases can be purchased from the Dream Market cyber-souk, located in the Tor network.
List of Compromised Websites
Here are the 16 websites where the latest batch of personal data was stolen from:
- Dubsmash (162 million details)
- MyFitnessPal (151 million details)
- MyHeritage (92 million details)
- ShareThis (41 million details)
- HauteLook (28 million details)
- Animoto (25 million details)
- EyeEm (22 million details)
- 8fit (20 million details)
- Whitepages (18 million details)
- Fotolog (16 million details)
- 500px (15 million details)
- Armor Games (11 million details)
- BookMate (8 million details)
- CoffeeMeetsBagel (6 million details)
- Artsy (1 million details)
- DataCamp (700,000 details)
Sample account records from the multi-gigabyte databases seen by The Register appear to be legit: they consist mainly of account holder names, email addresses, and passwords.
What is the Next Step?
If you are a user of any of these websites, change your passwords as soon as you can. If the service is no longer required by you, instead of leaving your account hanging simply delete it.
If you use the same password for other websites or applications, then you should change them as well. If possible, use two-factor authentification and use special characters as complicated passwords are harder to crack.
Do not signup for needless services and be careful with the site and applications you trust.
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