360 Million Credentials Stolen in February 2014

360 Million Credentials Stolen in February 2014

With cyber crime always on the rise stolen credentials online are nothing new. Cyber Security firm, Hold Security, has identified that in the first three weeks of February 2014, 360 million credentials were found stolen. Along with the large amount of credentials obtained, they also found over 1.25 billion email addresses for sale online. Such credentials could be useful for spamming or malicious purposes.

While these credentials remain in the dark corners of the internet, Hold Security is unsure how these records were obtained. Most can conclude these records have been stolen from companies who have fallen victim to data breaches this year. 2013 ended with some very large data breaches, and 2014 continued bringing a new wave of data breaches. Just seven days ago the University of Maryland had over 300,000 records breached.

What comprised records contain is not clear but it ranges from bank accounts, to corporate networks, to access to email addresses Alex Holden, chief information security officer at Hold Security, told Reuters, “E-mail addresses in the credentials are from all major services, including Gmail and Yahoo, and almost all Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations,” and that Hold Security is working on discovering where such credentials came from.

With such credentials begin leaked online there is no way to protect yourself against vicious cyber criminals attacks. These attacks are breached data from companies. Passwords only offer front end protection, but backend protection us up to companies to secure. The only solid way to be sure your credentials don’t get stolen in the future is to mask your online identity. Mask me Premium by Abine offers you to mask your credit card, email address, phone number, address, and many other sensitive pieces of information. If such credentials got breached you would be at no risk because of the masked credit card and Abine’s credentials were submitted.

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