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Biggest Data Breach Ever: All You Need To Know

According to Forbes, a hacker calling himself “ObamaCare” has exposed 995 crore credentials. According to the story, the information was shared on Thursday as part of a dataset called Rockyou2024.

According to analysts, this is the greatest password data leak of all time.

“In essence, the RockYou2024 leak is a collection of real-world passwords used by people all over the world.” The revelation of so many passwords for threat actors significantly increases the likelihood of credential stuffing assaults, according to Cybernews experts.

“Threat actors could exploit the RockYou2024 password compilation to conduct brute-force attacks and gain unauthorized access to various online accounts used by individuals who employ passwords included in the dataset,” they said.

As per the researchers, the passwords have been leaked with the help of a mix of old and new data breaches.

“Moreover, combined with other leaked databases on hacker forums and marketplaces, which, for example, contain user email addresses and other credentials, RockYou2024 can contribute to a cascade of data breaches, financial frauds, and identity thefts,” the team said.

But this isn’t the first time Rockyou2024 has leaked passwords. Before this, hackers leaked around 8.4 billion plain text passwords, the report added.

People are advised to follow cyber hygiene practices to avoid falling prey to online crime. In April, the University Grant Commission asked all higher educational institutions (HEIs) to participate in a webinar on ‘Cyber Hygiene’.

“As per the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs to promote mass awareness of students in the prevention of cybercrime, all higher education institutions (HEIs) are requested to participate in a 1-hour live webinar on ‘Cyber Hygiene’ by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (l4C), Ministry of Home Affairs, scheduled for April 3, 2024, Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 pm,” read the official notification by UGC.

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