You know by now that you should be changing your passwords regularly— every day there seems to be another cyber security crisis. If you haven’t changed your passwords recently, it’s now officially time: a massive database containing login credentials is floating around the internet.
We don’t know who’s behind the breach, but over 560 million leaked emails and passwords — 243.6 million unique email addresses — are compromised. First uncovered by the Kromtech Security Research Center, the leak has been confirmed by security researcher Troy Hunt, who created the “Have I Been Pwned” website.
What kind of information does it have?
The good news is, there hasn’t been a new hack: the trove of credentials is a collection of data from previous breaches at LinkedIn, DropBox, LastFM, MySpace, Adobe, Neopets, Tumblr and others. Some of these breaches are years old.
What makes this database troublesome from a security standpoint is how accessible it makes sensitive information. It basically compiled private data from various prior hacks to create one convenient database for…