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Collection of 1.4 Billion Plain-Text Leaked Passwords Found Circulating Online

Collection of 1.4 Billion Plain-Text Leaked Passwords Found Circulating Online

December 12, 2017Mohit Kumar
Hackers always first go for the weakest link to quickly gain access to your online accounts. Online users habit of reusing the same password across multiple services gives hackers opportunity to use the credentials gathered from a data breach to break into their other online accounts. Researchers from security firm 4iQ have now discovered a new collective database on the dark web (released on Torrent as well) that contains a whopping 1.4 billion usernames and passwords in clear text. The aggregate database, found on 5 December in an underground community forum, has been said to be the largest ever aggregation of various leaks found in the dark web to date, 4iQ founder and chief technology officer Julio Casal noted in a blog post. Though links to download the collection were already circulating online over dark-web sites from last few weeks, it took more exposure when someone posted it on Reddit a few days ago, from where we also downloaded a copy and can now verify its auth
Vevo Music Video Service Hacked — 3.12TB of Internal Data Leaked

Vevo Music Video Service Hacked — 3.12TB of Internal Data Leaked

September 16, 2017Wang Wei
OurMine is in headlines once again—this time for breaching the popular video streaming service Vevo . After hunting down social media accounts of HBO and defacing WikiLeaks website , the infamous self-proclaimed group of white hat hackers OurMine have hacked Vevo and leaked about 3.12 TB worth of internal files. Vevo is a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Abu Dhabi Media, Warner Music Group, and Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. OurMine managed to get hold of Vevo's "sensitive" data including its internal office documents, videos and promotional materials after the hacking collective successfully hacked into the Vevo servers. The group then posted the stolen documents (approximately 3.12 terabytes) from Vevo on its website on late Thursday, though OurMine removed the stolen information from its website on Vevo's request. Although it's not clear what prompted OurMine to hack Vevo, the group noted on its
Sony PlayStation Social Media Accounts Hacked; Claims PSN Database Breach

Sony PlayStation Social Media Accounts Hacked; Claims PSN Database Breach

August 21, 2017Wang Wei
After hacking social media accounts of HBO and its widely watched show Game of Thrones , a notorious group of hackers calling itself OurMine took control over the official Twitter and Facebook accounts for Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) on Sunday. After taking over the accounts, OurMine, Saudi Arabian group of hackers which claims to be a "white hat" security firm, posted its first tweet on Sunday evening, claiming to have breached PlayStation Network and stolen its database. The tweet followed by a series of tweets encouraging the company to contact the hacking group through its website to buy its IT security service in an effort to protect itself from future cyber attacks. "PlayStation Network Databases leaked #OurMine," the first tweet by OurMine on the compromised PlayStation Twitter account read.  "No, we aren't going to share it, we are a security group if you work at PlayStation then please go to our website," the followed Twe
Github accounts Hacked in 'Password reuse attack'

Github accounts Hacked in 'Password reuse attack'

June 16, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Popular code repository site GitHub is warning that a number of users' accounts have been compromised by unknown hackers reusing email addresses and passwords obtained from other recent data breaches . Yes, GitHub has become the latest target of a password reuse attack after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter . According to a blog post published by Shawn Davenport, VP of Security at GitHub, an unknown attacker using a list of email addresses and passwords obtained from the data breach of " other online services " made a significant number of login attempts to GitHub's repository on June 14. After reviewing the logins, administrators at GitHub found that the attacker had gained access to a number of its users' accounts in order to gain illicit access to their accounts' data. Although the initial source of the leaked credentials isn't clear, the recent widespread "megabreaches" of LinkedIn , MySpace , Tumblr , and the dating site Fling,
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