There is a very likely possibility that your password has been cracked and possibly your account.
Which account and password am I referring to? Well, maybe all of them.
Now this sort of hack may or may not affect you now, but there is a possibility that it will at some point.
This wasn’t a breach of individual accounts from anywhere, but a massive drop of passwords. 8.4 billion passwords to give an accurate number.
According to MSN,
Shortly before Apple CEO, Tim Cook took the virtual stage at the iPhone maker’s Apple Park headquarters campus for WWDC 2021 on Monday — at which the company unveiled a ton of new software updates, including some major new privacy enhancements — an email landed in my inbox underscoring how critical those privacy features are going to be once they roll out with iOS 15. Basically, there’s been another huge data leak, this time exposing several billion passwords in what just might be the biggest dump of passwords online ever.
This news comes via the team at CyberNews, which reports that a 100GB text file containing a staggering 8.4 billion password entries was just leaked on a popular hacker forum. This data set presumably combines passwords stolen via previous data breaches and leaks, and it’s been dubbed the “RockYou2020” password leak on that hacker forum. That name was apparently chosen, per CyberNews, as a nod to the RockYou data breach from back in 2009, “when threat actors hacked their way into the social app website’s servers and got their hands on more than 32 million user passwords stored in plain text.”
To give you an idea about why this is important even though they don’t have your account information, think of it like this; instead of trying to crack passwords by using purely random characters and hoping to hit it, they now have a database of 8.4 billion passwords to run off of instead which will give them a better likelihood of matching your account and password.
So basically, if you’re reading this article, there’s a very good chance your security is at risk.