Is anything sacred when stored online these days? Apparently not, as where there is a will, there is a way. Not only that, despite having all of the technological failsafes built in place, all it takes is one moment of carelessness, and a security breach would and could happen. The latest hack would involve a Russian group who claims to have retrieved a whopping 1.2 billion usernames and passwords, where all of these usernames and passwords belong to 500 million plus email addresses. This information hails from Hold Security, a U.S. firm whose specialization lies in uncovering security compromises. Hold Security even described the hack as the “largest data breach known to date”.
Apparently, whatever information that was stolen hailed from over 420,000 websites, where many of them have been touted to be “leaders in virtually all industries across the world”. So far, we do not know as to which companies have been affected by the hack since Hold Security did not divulge any additional details, and it must be mentioned that large companies weren’t the only ones targeted – since every other site that the victims visited, too, were under scrutiny. This would lead to a tangled web of thousands of sites affected by the hack.
There was also a security expert who in no way was affiliated to Hold Security, and performed and analysis of the database of stolen credentials, citing that this hack has been proven to be authentic.