3.2 billion unique pairs of emails and passwords have been found in the COMB database. If your email address appears in the database, your accounts may be hacked
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – 3.2 billion unique pairs of emails and passwords have been found in the COMB database. And if your email address appears in the database, it means that accounts with * that email address as a username can be compromised.
Chief Information Security Officer at Calvin University, Adam Vedra, says that this COMB database is not new, it is a combination of several breaches.
“It is important that everyone raises awareness about the cyber threats out there,”
Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU Vijay Bhuse estimates that 200 million Gmail addresses and 450 million Yahoo email addresses in the COMB database. But he says email accounts themselves were not hacked.
“Gmail was never hacked, but if you use your Gmail address for another account, it will be in the database,” says Bhuse.
He says that people who use the same password for multiple accounts are most vulnerable, and says they should be careful about the activity on those accounts.
To search for an email on the COMB database, click here to go to the CyberNews website. Experts agree that the CyberNews website is a reliable and secure website for searching personal data.
And to keep your accounts and personal information safe, experts recommend the following:
-Change passwords often.
-Use unique passwords for each account.
-And add multi-factor authentication to your more sensitive accounts.
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