Data Breach Alert: Security Researcher Announced Approximately 772 Million Email Addresses and Over 21 Million Passwords Have Been Exposed
Security Researcher Troy Hunt announced approximately 772 million email addresses and over 21 million passwords have been exposed on the cloud service, MEGA. This information was then posted on a popular hacking forum. The 12,000 separate files of the breached information have been taken down on the cloud service since news broke. It was reported that the data in these files were up to three years old.
What This Means
When a site is breached, your personal information can be accessed by hackers and can be made publicly available on the internet. Any information of a person has a chance to be exposed, no matter how secure the site can be.
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