You might’ve heard about the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ website if you’re a regular cyber security reader. For the uninitiated, it shows if your data like usernames, passwords, emails, or phone numbers were leaked in any data breaches.
The website’s founder, Troy Hunt, recently announced that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the NCA (National Crime Agency) have also contributed to the website’s database. Part of the data is from various FBI investigations. On the other hand, the NCA has provided 585 million breached passwords of which 225 million are completely new.
Over 225 million compromised passwords previously unseen by HIBP were provided by the NCA to HIBP for incorporation into their password repository, allowing them to be checked by individuals and companies worldwide seeking to verify the security risk of a password before usage, supporting the NCA’s mission to protect the public from cyber criminality.NCA on 225 million compromised passwords from a UK-based business cloud storage facility.
The data should definitely help more users know that their data was compromised and would help them take measures to secure their accounts. This is a win for both the users and the website.
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