Last week, a huge online leak on hacking forums revealed billions of connections to sites like Netflix, LinedkIn, Gmail, Hotmail and many more.
Tech news site BGR described it as the “mother of all leaks”: “At least some of your data is almost certainly reflected in this flaw.”
Called “Comb”, or the compilation of many breaches, it is not the result of a new hack or a new data breach but rather user identification data extracted from several previous leaks, all gathered in an easy to use database.
In total, its creators have accumulated more than 15.2 billion hacked accounts, as well as more than 2.5 billion unique emails, according to CyberNews reports “The Sun” newspaper tells.
Largest collection of stolen login data
Details collected include the credentials of 117 million LinkedIn accounts that were leaked in 2021, as well as Netflix login details. According to CyberNews, Comb may well be the largest collection of stolen login data ever shared online.
Hackers who access your email and password combinations could then use them to hack your other accounts. Crooks, too, often use leaked credentials to scam people using phishing emails and other forms of cyber attacks.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to check if Comb includes your login details: Cybernews has created a free search tool where you can enter your email address to find out if you are safe.
If your credentials have been exposed, the site will tell you which data breach is responsible.
Affected individuals are advised to change their passwords and use two-factor authentication on email accounts to ensure they are secure.