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Researcher uncovers one of the biggest password dumps in recent history

January 21, 2024
Arstechnica
Summary
Researcher Troy Hunt has unearthed a credential dump of nearly 71 million unique stolen credentials, around 25 million of which had never been leaked before. Credentials for platforms like Facebook, Roblox, eBay, and Yahoo were acquired through malware and circulating online for four months. Hunt, operator of the Have I Been Pwned? breach notification service, authenticated the data. A significant portion of the data was found to originate from credential stuffing instead of malware. Account security advice includes strong passwords, avoiding phishing sites, using two-factor authentication, and regularly checking email addresses against breach databases.
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