I read this at FNC:
‘Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen
The massive data breach revealed this week could be even worse than initially feared, warns a cybersecurity expert.
Citing records discovered by security specialist Hold Security, The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a Russian crime ring has managed to gain access to more than a billion stolen Internet credentials. The stolen credentials include 1.2 billion password and username combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security, which describes the breach as potentially the largest ever.
This, however, could be just the tip of the iceberg, according to Richard Martinez, a Minneapolis-based cybersecurity and privacy attorney with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. “The potential target zone of companies that are affected by this is much larger than the ones initially impacted by the breach,” he told FoxNews.com.
Martinez explained that, with many consumers re-using their passwords, hackers could potentially access data from even more companies and organizations. “As staggering as the scale of this is right now, it may well be much larger.”
Hold Security identified 1.2 billion “unique” stolen credentials consisting of both a username and a password. However, the Milwaukee-based security specialist says that the gang amassed a total of 4.5 billion records, stolen from more than 420,000 web and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites.
What do you do to keep your identity safe? Do you use strong passwords? Do you change your passwords? How often?
I am looking for new strategies for handling passwords and I bet there are some pretty well-informed readers out there. Also, for a while now I have used the service LifeLock, which has been helpful.
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So, what is your SOP to handle your online identity?