117M leaked logins from LinkedIn
A LinkedIn data breach from 2012 has been found. While initial reports have said that hackers had stolen 6.5 million logins, the latest statistics suggest a lot more were compromised.
167 million accounts were allegedly accessed and for a mere 5 bitcoins (about US$2.2k).
Obviously any passwords listed in the above chart are poor choices. Experts recommend using a password manager to help generate and store complex, lengthy passwords. Never reuse passwords across multiple sites and always opt in for two-factor authentication, a feature that ties an additional security code to a user’s device and requests it upon login.
Check If You’ve Been Hacked
If you are concerned or just curious, visit haveibeenpwned.com. Enter your username or email, and this site will then tell you if you have been hacked (pwned.)
Questions and Answers
Q: What do I do if I get hacked?
# My website has been hacked, wordpress site hacked, emails hacked, email spam
A: Depending on what’s been hacked it’s always a good idea to change your passwords and change them regularly.
The longer and more complex the password the better. Including words as part of the password can also help, then numbers, capitals and symbols.
Websites tend to be fixed simply by deleting most of the old files and re-uploading/installing cms and files.
Emails are trickier. Sometimes you will be placed on a spam list which can take 1-48hrs to be removed from.