The internet is experiencing yet another gut wrenching “oh shit” moment after it was revealed yesterday that 560 million login credentials to various popular websites have been compromised. The trove of email addresses and passwords to reportedly 10 sites including Linkedin, MySpace, Tumblr, Adobe and DropBox, have all been stored on an insecure database and were discovered during a routine security audit carried out by Kromtech Security Center.
The major takeaway here, despite the climate of hacks, nefarious scams and ransomware attacks running amok in cyberspace, is to secure your online accounts. The identity of the person responsible for the database is still unknown. Among the spoils of the massive breach are 243.6 million unique email addresses -- meaning that yes, there’s a good chance you might be at risk.