Right now, anyone can go on the dark web and buy account data of 617 million people on 16 different websites for less than $ 20,000. These account details include birthdays, email addresses, full names, and hashed passwords.
Updates of data seem to happen all the time, and we have become accustomed to this. If you have never been affected by a crime, they can be easily ignored. But 16 websites have been compromised at once. This is a good time to pay attention to data protection.
As registered by The Register, here are the 16 sites that have been affected:
Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million), MyHeritage 92 million), ShareThis (41 million), HauteLook (28 million), Animoto (25 million), EyeEm (22 million), 8fit (20 million), Whitepages (18 million), Fotolog (16 million), 500px), Armor Games (11 million), BookMate (8 million), CoffeeMeetsBagel (6 million) , Artsy (1 million) and DataCamp (700,000).
Some of these sites, including EyeEm, MyHeritage and 8fit, have confirmed they were hacked. But not all of these hacks are recent, some of them were made a year or two ago.
You may be thinking "I haven't logged into Armor Games this year" but just take a minute to think about how long you've used the same email address or password. The 5-year login information can be used to access your Facebook, your email address or your bank account.
Therefore, you should change your passwords to something new and secure every time a large data breach happens. Make sure you enable two-factor authentication and use different passwords for each site you use. And while there is no evidence that credit card or bank information is compromised, it cannot be harmed to freeze your credit if you have ever paid for content on any of these 16 sites.
Worried that your information has been compromised in a data breach? You can use Have I been pwned to check if your email or password has shown you somewhere on the dark web. Just remember that I have been pwned is not perfect, and it must not have information from today's data protection.