Ten Billion Passwords Exposed in Largest Leak Ever

Source: PC Mag

“Are you reusing your passwords across multiple sites? It’s time to reconsider. Researchers at Cybernews have uncovered a massive trove of nearly 10 billion passwords on a popular hacking forum in what they’re calling ‘largest password compilation’ ever. The file, titled rockyou2024.txt, was posted on July 4 by someone going by the name ObamaCare and contains a mind-boggling 9,948,575,739 unique plaintext passwords. The user only joined the forum in late May, but they’ve posted data from other breaches, too. According to Cybernews, this RockYou2024 file is ‘a mix of old and new data breaches.’ So it’s not necessarily a new breach that ensnared 10 billion passwords. But compiling all these passwords into one massive, searchable database ‘substantially heightens the risk of credential stuffing attacks,’ Cybernews says.” (07/06/24)