Collection #1 data dump gives new scale to an old problem
A none-too-reassuring constant in cyber security has been the frequency of data breaches, it is normally a waiting game to see which internationally-known brand name will become this week’s headline.
Before Christmas we had the hotel brand Marriott falling victim to exactly this, yet barely a month into the New Year a new data dump has emerged that has given new scale to the problem of data breaches that are regularly encountered.
The Collection #1 data dump – consisting of some 87GB of data comprising over 12,000 files across more than 2.6 billion spreadsheet rows – includes more than 1.1 billion combinations of email addresses and passwords from almost 800 million individual email addresses. This immediately makes the incident the biggest single data dump to date.