According to the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit in the U.K., more than 586 million sets of credentials had been collected in a compromised cloud storage facility.
The compromised credentials are free for the taking by any cybercrime yahoo who happened to stop by. The credentials were a mixed bag in terms of sources, and it’s not clear how these passwords became compromised. But because they couldn’t be linked to a specific company, the NCA tapped Troy Hunt, creator of the Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) website and a Microsoft regional director, to check the passwords against the HIBP database of compromised passwords.
The passwords have been added to HIBP, which means they’re searchable by individuals and companies worldwide seeking to verify the security risk of a password before usage.
Read more: Threatpost
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