Spambot Leads To 700m Data Breach

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Misconfigured spambot has contributed to among the biggest data breaches in which greater than 700 million email addresses are leaked together with amount of passwords.

Australian computer security specialist Troy Hunt said in a blog article, “The one I’m writing about today is 711m records, which makes it the largest single set of data I’ve ever loaded into HIBP. Just for a sense of scale, that’s almost one address for every single man, woman and child in all of Europe.”

Hunt runs Have I Been Pwned site and the intent of it is to notify its subscribers if there is a data breach.

However, it is reported many of the email addresses were not linked to actual accounts as a number of these have been only guessed at by adding words like prefixing with “sales” or “accounts” to create emails like “[email protected]” or “[email protected]

Hunt adds in his blog article that most of the passwords were gathered from previous escapes like this of May 2016 from LinkedIn and several stolen from Exploit. In.

Meanwhile, video games reseller CEX too now notified its clients about an online security violation as well as two million accounts might have been leaked and people include complete names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.

CEX included in a few of the violation card information might have been leaked.

In a media announcement the firm said, “We take the protection of customer data extremely seriously and have always had a robust security programme in place.”

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