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Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being put on hacking site

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found


By -- Guardian—— Bio and Archives--January 17, 2019

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Security experts said the breach underscored the need to use password managers. Photograph: Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF
The largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, comprising more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December.

The 87GB data dump was discovered by the security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload Collection #1, said it was probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service.—More…

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