Yes, you heard it right. We are talking of Millions of Accounts have been hacked around the world. The worst effected Emails are :
- Mail.ru : 57 million
- Yahoo : 40 million
- Microsoft : 33 million
- Gmail : 24 million
Rest of the accounts belong to other email service providers. What happens to these hacked accounts. These accounts are traded in Black World for Money. This money could be any amount depending upon the types of Accounts hacked. Starting from few 100 to thousands of Dollars.
It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago. Holden was previously instrumental in uncovering some of the world’s biggest known data breaches, affecting tens of millions of users at Adobe Systems (ADBE.O), JPMorgan (JPM.N) and Target (TGT.N) and exposing them to subsequent cyber crimes.
Mysteriously, the hacker asked just 50 roubles – less than $1 – for the entire trove, but gave up the dataset after Hold researchers agreed to post favourable comments about him in hacker forums, Holden said. He said his company’s policy is to refuse to pay for stolen data.
What Email Providers have to say about this Hack
Mail.ru stated “As soon as we have enough information we will warn the users who might have been affected”.
A Microsoft spokesman said stolen online credentials was an unfortunate reality. “Microsoft has security measures in place to detect account compromise and requires additional information to verify the account owner and help them regain sole access.”
Yahoo and Google did not respond to requests for comment.
Thousands of other stolen username/password combinations appear to belong to employees of some of the largest U.S. banking, manufacturing and retail companies, he said.
Now the key question is ” Have I been hacked ?? “, and how to safeguard my account. This is the time to revisit your Account, and activate double protection for your account.