A gigantic password leak has been detected on the internet. 8.4 billion credentials have been hacked. We explain how to check if you are concerned.
You may have recently received an email telling you that some of your passwords were compromised. 8.4 billion identifiers have indeed just been hacked. This is the biggest leak in history.
This was discovered by researchers from CyberNews. All passwords have been compiled into a 100 GB TXT file titled “RockYou2021” unveiled on a hacker forum. There are 4.7 billion Internet users in the world. The number of passwords in nature today raises concerns that all users are affected. Additionally, since most people reuse their passwords across multiple apps and websites, the number of accounts affected by this cyberattack can potentially reach highs. millions, even billions.
Check if you are concerned
“By combining 8.4 billion unique variations of passwords with other breach compilations that include usernames and email addresses, threat actors can use the RockYou2021 collection to mount attacks against a number of countless online accounts “, warns CyberNews.
It is therefore recommended to check if you are one of the Internet users concerned. To do this, you can consult the personal data verifier of CyberNews or his password checker leaked. Hacked passwords are currently embedded there. The list should be in full updated this Tuesday, June 8.
If you are affected by this gigantic data breach, you are advised to change your password. CyberNews also recommend to activate authentication at two factors (2FA) on all your online accounts.