Collection #1 incident a stark wake-up call

The leak of hundreds of millions of email addresses and passwords – known as Collection #1 – is a stark and alarming wake-up call.

The 87gb file that was published contained data that’s said to have been gleaned from a number of different hacks and attacks over several years. It serves as a monumental wake-up call for those who are guilty of reusing the same login credentials across different platforms, and for those who haven’t changed their passwords for years and / or use rubbish passwords.

Criminals have the technology to use data from these hacks to systematically target accounts with very little effort. People are in imminent danger.

Collection #1 may just be the start

The Collection #1 data is said to be just the start. The person who published the wealth of hacked data reportedly has data sets ten-times that which was published last week.

One of the sets alone is said to be over 500gb in size.

Hacked email addresses and passwords are regularly put up for sale on the dark web for criminals to buy at relevant cheap prices. They can use software to then target platforms and force their way into people’s accounts. From there, even more personal data is at risk.

Remember the 2017 WannaCry attack? That was an example of how criminals can target organisations around the world – both big and small. We know from the likes of the BA Data Breach that no one is safe when it comes to hacks and breaches!

What should we do in the wake of the Collection #1 leak?

The Collection #1 leak is a stark reminder about the dangers we are all in when it comes to online security. People may want to change their passwords and make sure that they’re not reusing the same credentials across multiple platforms.

People should also be careful to only set passwords that are strong and unique. This can make the chances of guessing hacked passwords when they’re partially encrypted harder to do.

It seems like it may be a matter of time before more data from the so-called Collection #1 incident is used. People need to be careful.

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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