Following the revelation that a list containing millions of stolen usernames and passwords had appeared online, we tell you a few different ways to find out if your credentials were stolen in that—or any other—security breach. In mid-January, researcher Troy Hunt revealed that a list was floating around in the storage space of the MEGA … More How to spot if your password was stolen in a security breach
A new report shines some light on multiple aspects of the growing threat of cyber-extortion. Criminals are trying to tempt people with promises of six-figure annual rewards in return for help with cyber-extortion campaigns that target high-net-worth individuals, research by the threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows shows. The prospective victims, such as corporate executives, lawyers and doctors, … More Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets
The vast dossier of login details appears to have been gathered from data stolen in many breaches. Nearly 773 million unique email addresses and more than 21.2 million unique, plain-text passwords were there for the taking recently in a massive data dump that’s been dubbed Collection #1. The news comes from security researcher Troy Hunt, who … More 773 million email IDs, 21 million passwords for anyone to see in massive data dump
Besides the usual suspects among the worst of passwords, a handful of notable – but similarly poor – choices make their debuts. Password security company SplashData has released its annual list of the most commonly used passwords on the web, and the picture isn’t pretty. The number one spot belongs to ‘123456’, which is followed by another … More The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list?
World Password Day, celebrated on the first Thursday of every May, is a timely reminder of the fact that our passwords are the key to a wealth of personal information about us. It would be nice to imagine that if the various contenders for “inventor of the password” had known how much of a hassle … More Recycling is a must, but why would you reuse your password?
Hacking, data breaches, online scams, identity theft, are constantly making headlines. But many of these will target passwords first! And while ESET’s research suggests the Irish use safer passwords than is the global average, it is always good to follow some additional safety tips, to keep yourself and your children safe. With the amount of online … More Password DOs and DON’Ts for you and your kids
The lottery’s operator has found that attackers probably used an automated method known as ‘credential stuffing’ to access up to 150 customer accounts. The United Kingdom’s National Lottery is advising all of its 10.5 million registered online users to change their passwords as a safety precaution following a security incident. The recommendation comes after the … More UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords