‘Collection #2 to #5’: 2.2 billion email addresses and passwords leaked
New data dumps called ‘Collection #2’ to ‘Collection #5’ leak 2.2 billion email addresses and corresponding passwords. It was only a week ago that ‘Collection #1’ was leaked online, which contained similar data of 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords.
Not all data of #1 to #5 is new, as some parts are from earlier data leaks. Still, the sheer size of the leak (estimated to be over 600 gigabyte) means that many people’s email information is now publicly available.
You can check whether your email addresses and passwords have been part of this, or any earlier data leak via haveibeenpwned.com. This online database, founded and maintained by Troy Hunt, let’s you know if your email address has been leaked. It is highly advisable to change your passwords for these email addresses and other online accounts it is used.
The dataleak comes only three weeks after the controversial data dump of German politicians’ and celebrities’ personal information.
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