Troy Hunt, the security research firm has revealed the biggest hacking incident of this time. It is reported that at least 270 million secret records have reached hands of spammers and hackers. Including 116 million two lakh 53 thousand 228 unique e-mail ID and passwords. People who have lost their password may have to suffer. Hackers have hacked 77 million 29 lakh four thousand 991 unique e-mails. Among the hacked information, there are 12,000 files of 87 GB. Troy Hunt says that total amount of hacked documents is more than 270 crores. According to the source, the storage capacity of Collection #1 is 87 GB. There are 12 thousand different types of files. Those data was leaked to cloud-based sharing website named Mega. Troy Hunt said “Mega” is organised forum for hacker, spammers.
Your e-mail address and password may have already been leaked. The sensitive information can go out to many hackers, spammers, anywhere in the world like speed of light. Now you can verify that your account has been hacked or not. Experts have already created a database for your convenience. There is a website addressed https://haveibeenpwned.com . They test how hackers got access to email and password, what they do after gaining access , how many times it was opened and what they stole. Okay, let’s check it out. Visit https://haveibeenpwned.com . Enter your email in form and submit. Wait for the result, if you see “Good news — no pwnage found!” you’re safe. You information was never included in data breach.
If you see “Oh no- pwned! your information was leaked to hackers and still available public. You’ll see a result showing where and which information was leaked.
You’ll not believe that screenshot is mine, yes my information was leaked during some big data breaches . Take a deep look at second screenshot. Can you see ‘000webhost” ? 000webhost is a free web hosting service by “Hostinger”. I am a web designer I used “000webhost” to deploy and test my designs. It was middle of 2015 when it was hacked.
Thanks god that I used different password in different sites and didn’t stored any sensitive information online. Now what next? Take this simple steps to stay secure online.
Install a good antivirus software program on your PC. You will need real-time continuous protection as scanning it once a day is not good enough. Malware has the ability to delete itself after causing the damage. Install all the latest security patches on Windows systems as well as all other internet-related software. Use strong passwords using upper and lower case letters, numeric as well as punctuation’s in the password. Do not use the same password for everything. You must make sure it is safe before downloading anything from the internet; whether it is a software or something else.