More than 700 million email addresses leaked in huge data breach

Haythem Elmir

A spambot has leaked more than 700 million email addresses and passwords publicly in a huge data breach.

The data dump occurred thanks to a misconfigured spambot, dubbed ‘Onliner’, and was discovered by a Paris-based security researcher known as Benkow.

Troy Hunt, an Australian computer security expert, who runs the breach website, Have I Been Pwned(HIBP), said in a blog post “the one I’m writing about today is 711m records, which makes it the largest single set of data I’ve ever loaded into HIBP.”

The scale and size is hard to comprehend but Hunt summed it up nicely, “that’s almost one address for every single man, woman and child in all of Europe”, he wrote.

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