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Protect Yourself from the Largest Data Breach in History

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My team at Gridware and I have been closely following a significant development in the realm of cybersecurity. Over 26 billion personal records have been leaked from platforms we use every day, like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Dropbox.

Chart displaying various companies with over 100 million records each compromised in data breaches, with Tencent leading at 1.5 billion. Source:Cybernews

What’s at Stake with the Data Breach 

The data breach is worrying, with over 26 billion records potentially affected, and not just with simple login details but sensitive data. Tencent QQ alone accounts for 1.4 billion of these records, with other major platforms like Weibo, MySpace, and Twitter also experiencing substantial leaks. The breach spans across various sectors, affecting multiple countries, including government organizations in the US, Brazil, Germany, the Philippines, and Turkey. 

The Real-World Implications 

A hacker with just your email and reused password from a Twitter leak could try to access your bank account. Often, people use the same login details across multiple sites, so a hacker might test stolen credentials on various platforms, including banking websites, potentially gaining access to your financial information. It’s important to use different passwords, and enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for different sites to prevent this. 

Checking the Exposure 

Wondering if your data is floating around in this breach? It’s time to find out. Cybernews has a tool where you can check if your email or phone number has come up in the leaked data. Have I Been Pwned? is another resource where you can see if your data’s been compromised. Even a seemingly innocuous leak from a site like LinkedIn can lead to unauthorised access to more critical accounts. 

Your Next Move 

  1. It’s time to audit your own digital security. Update your passwords, making them unique to each account. A reputable password manager can help with this. 
  2. Double down on security with MFA 
  3. Be mindful of phishing attempts as criminals may take advantage of multiple leaked sets of information from a single victim to seem more convincing. 
  4. Keep close tabs on your government and banking accounts 

The team at Gridware is keeping a close eye on this breach and will keep this article updated with any fresh details. Check back for the latest info to stay informed. 

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji is the CEO of Gridware, a leading cybersecurity consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. An emerging thought leader in cybersecurity, Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and regularly contributes to cybersecurity conversations in Australia. As well as his extensive background as a security advisor to large Australian Enterprises, he is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer on offensive cybersecurity topics and blockchain.

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