A set of email addresses and passwords compiled from the many individual data breaches from thousands of sources made its way to a popular cloud service.
The collection is sobering: 12,000 separate files with 87 gigabytes of data, a 2,692,818,238 row database of email addresses and passwords, with 772,904,991 email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords in the list.
Many of these are likely old combinations, but the set is strikingly pervasive and of the 2.2 million people who use a free notification service regarding if their data was involved in a breach, about 768,000 were affected.
But with 21 million passwords affected, that means that all the good ones are basically taken off the map forever now.
Farewell, “p@ssword,” “admin,” “abc123,” and “420blaze.”
It was an honor.
So now go change your password…again.
Write it down because you’ll forget it.
I have a file that stays on my computers where it’s all hidden.
Call it something like Boring things I Love or whatever you’ll remember.