E-mails and Passwords Leaked – In an era that is completely online, data leakage is one of the things that often happens. This time, 3.27 billion e-mail addresses and passwords were leaked on popular hacking forums.
The data leak known as Compilation of Many Breaches (COMB) contains credentials from accounts on multiple platforms, including Netflix, LinkedIn, Exploit.in, Bitcoin and others.
As Cyber News reports, this data leak does not appear to be a new data leak, but rather the largest compilation of several previous data leak cases.
COMB data is currently archived and entered in an encrypted, password protected area.
It is not known which database was leaked and entered into this COMB. However, the sample seen by CyberNews indicates that the e-mail accounts and passwords come from domains all over the world.
For information, in the last COMB 2017 data leak, the amount of data exposed was less when compared to the 2020 leak, namely 1.4 billion account credentials.
When COMB 2017 was exposed, cybersecurity firm 4iQ tested a small number of passwords for verification, it turned out that most of the passwords tested were working.
In both the 2017 and 2020 COMB leaks, they are arranged in a structured alphabetical order, and contain the same scripts for e-mail and password queries.
According to Cyber News, a data leak such as COMB could create several threats for the victim.
One of them is that the victim is the target of phishing and e-mail spam. Therefore, it is recommended that users use a unique password for each account.
Then, users are also advised to add multi-factor authentication, such as Google Authenticator, to their accounts.
That way, even though cyber criminals have account credentials, they will not be able to log into the account, as compiled by KompasTekno from Cyber News, Sunday (7/2/2021).
Check, your e-mail is included in this leak?
Cyber News admits that it is adding data exposed at COMB 2020 to its personal data leak checking database called Personal Data Leak Checker.
On that page, someone can check whether their e-mail has ever been exposed to a data leak or not.
It’s easy. Visit the Personal Data Leak Checker page, then enter the e-mail you want to check in the “enter your e-mail” field.
After that, click the green box that says “check now”. KompasTekno tried to check an e-mail account.
After clicking “check now”, a green notification appears that says “We did not find your e-mail among the leaked data.”
This means that the e-mail entered by KompasTekno is not in the Personal Data Leak Checker database as exposed data.
However, Cyber News provides suggestions for securing accounts in two steps, namely using a password manager and always using two-factor authentication (2FA).
Cyber News claims to have hosted 15.2 billion accounts and 2.5 billion unique e-mails in its database.