Friday, December 16, 2016

Not Again!

You may have heard about yet another Yahoo security breach, which was announced on Wednesday.  That's the type of email I use for blogging purposes, so even though I just changed my password back in September it's probably time to do it again.  On the radio yesterday they were talking about the website Have I Been Pawnd?, which lets you check to see if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.  I decided to check it out.

All you have to do is type in your email, hit the 'pawnd' button, and wait for the results.  I put in my Yahoo address and found out that although it was pwned on 1 breached site it was NOT through Yahoo.  Instead, back in 2013 the information (including the email address) was compromised through Adobe.  I also learned that there had been no 'pastes' of that data, which is where stolen data is published on a hacker website.

Now I was curious, and decided to perform the same test on a Hotmail address I use.  I learned that this address was breached through LinkedIn in May 2016, and Modern Business Solutions (a company that provides data storage and database hosting solutions) in October 2016.

I guess it's time to change ALL my passwords again.  OY!

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10 comments:

  1. Oy, indeed.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Happy Friday and boogie boogie.

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    1. You're welcome. Boogie boogie to you, too.

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  2. great site! My yahoo was only for fantasy football; it was ok for yahoo but 'pwned' for LinkedIn (which I already deleted about 5 months ago) and MySpace, my God, that goes back a long time. I still changed the password, but not worried about it. I changed ALL my passcodes about 4-5 months ago, so should be ok. But thanks!

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    1. Keeping on top of these passwords is almost a full time job.

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  3. It turns out that phone numbers now are the hot item for fraud. I have a fraud alert and they notified me last month that our house phone number had been "traded." It was suggested that we change all accounts that are attached to that number. As you say, OY!

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    1. Interesting. I hadn't heard about a problem with phone numbers, but will keep an eye out for any issues.

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