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Database of 1.4 Billion Credentials from Previous Breaches Found on Dark Web

Cyber Wisdom Commentary: After reading the article. This is the more reason to change your password frequently or you may become a future cyber victim.

SecurityWeek revealed that Researchers have found a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials in what appears to be the single largest aggregate database yet found on the dark web from a compilation of 252 previous breaches, including the previous largest combo list, Exploit.in.
“Large databases of passwords containing both hashed and clear text have been available for years, that are easy to download to use with password cracking software,” Joe Carson, chief security scientist at password protection firm Thycotic, told SecurityWeek. “These password databases are available to both skilled hackers and script kiddies with basic knowledge that can be easily used with software that is easily downloadable from the internet. Today all you need is a computer and an internet connection to be a hacker.”
However, he also warns that the searchable nature of this database gives additional concerns. “It can also be used for more targeted attacks. Pick your target company and search for references to it in the list to find staff, contractors or suppliers. This could give both an initial foothold in the company, or — if someone is already in — to help move around if credentials have been reused internally.”

Researchers have found a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials in what appears to be the single largest aggregate database yet found on the dark web. These are not from a new breach, but a compilation of 252 previous breaches, including the previous largest combo list, Exploit.in.
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