Have you been pwned? In other words, has your email address and / or password been compromised? 773 million email addresses and 22 million passwords were stolen in what has already been named as the ‘greatest hacking operation of all times’.
The name given the hacking is ‘Collection #1’.
The news was first mentioned on Twitter by Odisseus who was reporting on the discovery made by Troy Hunt, owner at haveibeenpwned.com.
According to Troy, an archive of 87 Gb of email addresses and password is available on the web.
The affected users are from both private and commercial websites including adult websites, social networks and bitcoin. The .com domains seem to be the most affected from the hacking.
How Can I Check If My Email and Password Were Compromised?
Go to haveibeenpwned.com and enter your email address.
If your email was compromised you will get a ‘Oh no – pwned!’ message (alternatively, you’ll get a ‘Good news – no pwnage found!’ one)
Log into your email address and change your password.