The popular cyber security expert Troy Hunt has uncovered a massive data leak he called ‘Collection #1’ that included 773 million records.
The name ‘Collection #1’ comes from the name of the root folder.
Someone has collected a huge trove of data through credential stuffing, the ‘Collection #1’ archive is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows resulting from thousands of different sources.
According to Hunt, there are 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords, while the unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991.
The data was posted on file-sharing service MEGA and also on an unnamed popular hacking forum, it includes more than 12,000 files for a total size of 87 gigabytes.
Hunt pointed out that approximately 140 million email accounts and some 10.6 million passwords are not part of known past data breaches.
“The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991. This is the headline you’re seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of “cleanliness”. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP.” wrote Troy Hunt.
The post on the hacking forum referenced “a collection of 2000+ dehashed databases and Combos stored by topic” and included a directory listing of 2,890 of the files, Hunted reproduced it here.
Users can check if their credentials are included in the Collection #1 dump by visiting the HIBP website.
“As of now, all 21,222,975 passwords from Collection #1 have been added to Pwned Passwords bringing the total number of unique values in the list to 551,509,767.” concludes Hunt.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.