It looks like one of the biggest data leaks of 2019 has already been discovered by researcher Troy Hunt. The data leak, as mentioned on his website ‘troyhunt.com’, includes a massive database of 773 million email IDs and 21 million passwords. These come as a part of ‘Collection #1’ by Hunt.
“Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords
Last week several people reached out to him and directed him towards a large collection of files on the popular cloud service, MEGA (the data has since been removed from the service). The collection including 12,000 files sized at 87GB.
“However, what I can say is that my own personal data is in there and it’s accurate; right email address and a password I used many years ago,”
The researcher has given an easy way through which you can check if your email ID and passwords have been Compromised or not. This is possible by has integrated the database in the website ‘Have I been Pwned’
If it shows “Good news — no pwnage found!” you’re good. If it shows “Oh no — pwned!” change your password immediately before someone else takes control of your account. You can also feed your password in the site to see if it has been hacked or not.
The data breach could possibly be the biggest one ever since the Yahoo data breach that took place in 2013 and affected almost three billion accounts.