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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.
Legal claims have been launched as the British Airways data breach revealed last week has hit some 380,000 customers.
Card numbers, expiry dates and security codes (CVV) have been exposed in the attack, together with the personal details of the victims.
This is an incredibly serious data breach that will likely result in a significant fine that could amount to £500m for breaches of the new GDPR that came into force in May 2018. Victims of the British Airways data breach can be eligible to launch a legal case for any financial loss, distress and inconvenience caused with us as well.
The study’s findings claim that millions of children are victims of identity fraud that can lead to families being millions of pounds out of pocket. The study also indicated that children can be far more likely to have their information compromised, and researchers saying that children are targeted more because they offer a “blank slate” when it comes to their identities and financial histories.