This Latest Data Breach Has 617 Million People Affected…. Sadly, That’s Not Big Anymore

Another day, another data breach. This time The Register has news on a data breach that affects….. wait for it…. At least 617 million accounts:

Some 617 million online account details stolen from 16 hacked websites are on sale from today on the dark web, according to the data trove’s seller.

For less than $20,000 in Bitcoin, it is claimed, the following pilfered account databases can be purchased from the Dream Market cyber-souk, located in the Tor network:

Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million), MyHeritage (92 million), ShareThis (41 million), HauteLook (28 million), Animoto (25 million), EyeEm (22 million), 8fit (20 million), Whitepages (18 million), Fotolog (16 million), 500px (15 million), Armor Games (11 million), BookMate (8 million), CoffeeMeetsBagel (6 million), Artsy (1 million), and DataCamp (700,000).

It’s been confirmed that the data breach is real and affected sites are alerting their users and taking measures to try and protect their users. And the fact that the data is up for sale means that the effects will go on for months and years. Still, it’s not as big as the data breach that involved 2.2 billion accounts that came to light earlier this year. But it is still scary.

As for how you can protect yourself, you can visit Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned service to see if you are affected by this breach.



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