Almost 3 Billion email addresses were leaked in a massive Breachcomp2.0 hack. The good news is there is way to find out if your email credentials have been spread on hacking forums.
As of right now there are 2,563,218,607 emails and 15,212,645,925 breached accounts that were affected by the Breachcomp 2.0 hacking job. There are still no details on how this attack was carried out, but it is confirmed that some services such as Netflix and LinkedIn were targeted with this attack. The motive is unknown.
Here is what you can do to find out if you were affected by Breachcomp2.0, and what you can do to protect yourself going forward.
The first thing you need to do is go Cybernews.com and use their free data leak check tool to see if your email credentials are listed in the hacking database. To get a better understanding of how it works before you go take a look at the screenshots below, because it may be confusing.
When you type in your email address in the Cybernews data leak tool, you will get a message saying “We haven’t found your email among the leaked ones” if you aren’t affected. This message will be in green letters.
If you are affected you will get a scary message saying “Oh no! Your email address has been leaked”. This message is written in red, because this is a super serious problem.
If your email was affected you should immediately change the password to that email account, and any other accounts that used that email address as a login name just in case. You should also enable two factor authentication. It would also be a good idea to look through your email account to make sure you don’t notice anything suspicious. Lastly, if you used the same password as the leaked email account anywhere, you would also want to change the password for those accounts as well.