COMB (Compilation of Many Breaches) is known as the biggest data breach of all time. The breach let hackers access more than 3.2 billion unique pairs of emails and passwords. The planet has a population of 7.8 billion, of which 3.2 billion people’s data has been stolen. In the other words, 40% of the earth’s population have experienced a data breach, without even knowing about it. That has to be enough reason for considering COMB as the biggest breach of all time. If that statistics cannot convince you, it’s good to know that only 4.7 billion people use the internet, of which 70% are in danger of getting abused by the mean of their belonging data. Therefore, it would be logical if you aim to change your password.
How did the COMB take place?
Database that has been stolen during COMB, leaked through a popular hacking forum on February 2. Until that time, the Breach Compilation of 2017 was known as the largest breach of all time. The Breach of 2017 led to the disclosure of information of 1.4 million people. COMB contains billions of user credentials from past leaks from Netflix, LinkedIn, Exploit.in, Bitcoin, and more.
Although 3.2 billion unique pairs of cleartext emails and passwords that have been leaked can be downloaded through popular hackers’ forums, it has been reported that the users can’t have access to this database due to its password-protected container.
“count_total.sh” script is a text file that includes a series of commands. Each command has an executive rule that can be applied in the terminal. By running count_total.sh, you would be able to determine the count of the total lines in each of the files (3.27 billion email and password pairs).
What are the impacts of the biggest data breach of all time?
Certainly, the impact of disclosing such a volume of security information on businesses and individuals in the community would be unprecedented. There are more than 3 billion pairs of emails and passwords that their details have been leaked, besides reusing the same password through different accounts by the same user can expand the breach.
If users use the same passwords for their LinkedIn or Netflix as they do their Gmail accounts, attackers can pivot to other more important accounts. That makes the impacts of the biggest data breach of all-time more harmful.
What would happen if some tries to abuse your information? You should get ready to face ransomware attacks or even phishing. The least danger that may threaten you is receiving high levels of spam emails. Of course, there are solutions to reduce the risk of being in danger. The simplest solution is to change your password regularly and refuse to reuse the same password for various accounts.
If you cannot keep the details of your passwords in your mind, you can use apps such as password managers. Managing passwords can be challenging but accepting this challenge is the least you can do to protect yourself against the biggest data breach of all time.
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