773 million email addresses exposed in ‘mega data breach’ — here’s how to see if yours is one of them
If you haven’t changed your password after one of the countless data breaches over the past few years, the time is now.
Nearly 773 million records, including email addresses and passwords, were exposed in a data breach publicized by security researcher Troy Hunt this week. Hunt said this large collection of files, which could be the largest breach yet to be made public, were collected from a number of breaches and uploaded to popular cloud service MEGA. That platform has since removed the data, which was promoted on popular hacking forums.
“The unique email addresses totaled 772,904,991,” Hunt wrote on his website. “This is the headline you’re seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of ‘cleanliness.’ This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP.”