Cybersecurity researchers found details of over 2 billion emails and passwords displayed on the Web in plain text. Troy Hunt, a cybersecurity scientist in Australia who had previously criticized the Indian project Aadhaar after he found basic bugs in his code, found the emails and passwords in files on MEGA, a file-sharing Web site , were uploaded. Emails and passwords were stored in over 12,000 separate files, Hunt said. All files together had a size of 87 GB.

Hunt says on 17 January in a blog post on his website that these files are no longer available on Mega, but they were still available in the hacker-popular web forums.

Hunt worked with the data he got. He says there were more than 2 billion emails in the leaked data dump that was probably collected in recent years in various privacy breaches. However, there were many duplicate entries in the database that Troy wanted to clean up as much as possible. "The unique email addresses were 772,904,991, and these data have now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP)." After so much cleanup, as I reasonably could, the source data was presented in a variety of formats and formats "Purity." This number makes it the biggest injury ever loaded into HIBP, "writes Troy.



Now that the data has been loaded into the Have I Been Pwned tool, anyone can use it to search for corrupted email IDs. That is, if you suspect, or just want to check if your email ID has been displayed or not, you can do a search with your email ID at https://haveibeenpwned.com/.

If you also want to check the status of a password that you use or use, you can do so by checking https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords.

What if your email id and password have leaked?

If the tool Have I been Pwned detects that your email ID and password have leaked, you should do the following.

- Change your password immediately and enable two-factor authentication. Services like Gmail offer two-factor authentication.

- Make sure that you access the email settings and revoke permissions for services that use your email account. For example, if you sign up for Flipkart with your Gmail account, you'll revoke Flipkart's permission. If necessary, return it again. As a precautionary measure in the event that your e-mail and password are leaking, you must first revoke all permissions.

- Also, make sure that you do not use the same password, even if you use your email ID in a third-party service. Always have unique passwords for different services.

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