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Breach Brief – Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Email

gmailIts likely that you have either a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email account. Its also likely that it has been compromised.  According to Reuters over 270 million stolen Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and other email account credentials are floating around in Russia’s cyber criminal underground. Email credentials are your username and password.

These stolen email credentials were discovered by Hold Security. Researchers discovered a Russian hacker going by the name of “the Collector,” saying that he was ready to give away the credentials.  “The Collector” offered the credentials to cybercrime expert Alex Holden for free just for the publicity. Holden previously uncovered breaches at Adobe, JP Morgan and Target.

The total haul of the theft was estimated to be over one billion records but the security company eliminated duplicates lowering the total number of  credentials to just 272.3 million.

Yahoo mailMost of the credentials were associated with the Mail.ru service. Email credentials from Germany and China were also found among the stash.  However a significant number belonged to U.S. email providers. The remaining stolen credentials breakdown as follows, Yahoo Mail, 40 million credentials stolen; Microsoft Hotmail, 33 million; and Gmail 24 million. It’s not known if any of these accounts have actually been breached.

The most frightening detail of this breach is that many of the emails are linked to employees of some of the largest U.S. banking, manufacturing, and retail companies. Hold Security has informed the affected companies and organizations.

Hotmail-logoIf you have a Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail account you should immediately change your password. Experts also recommend that you set up two-step verification on your email accounts. Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail all offer two factor authentication that sends a second password to your smartphone when you sign in.

Officials at Yahoo and Google have yet to issue a statement about the breach. Microsoft said through a spokesperson that the stolen credentials are an unfortunate reality but that it had measures in place to detect account compromise.

 

ALERT! JP Morgan Suffers MASSIVE Breach ALERT!

110804064152_jpmorgan_chase_logo_640x360_16x9JP Morgan has set yet another record for data breaches. The financial services and banking giant reveled that 76 million households and 7 million small businesses have potentially had their private data stolen in a record setting cyber attack.

According to a new  SEC filing JP Morgan  said, “User contact information — name, address, phone number and email address – and internal JPMorgan Chase information relating to such users has been compromised.” 

JP Morgan pointed out that “…there is no evidence that account information for such affected customers — account numbers, passwords, user IDs, dates of birth or Social Security numbers — was compromised during this attack.” There has been no fraud connected to this data breach.

JP Morgan denies that this data breach was a second attack but instead was connected to a previous attack.  The company has rejected the reports from the New York Times that this previous attack resulted in the loss of checking and savings account information.

Breaking it down

In comparison, Target’s data breach affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts. This was followed by Home Depot’s breach of 56 million accounts. Now JP Morgan has set the bar with 76 million records lost. How much more do we need to experience before something is done. What you are looking at is an escalating trend of warning shots of what is bound to come.

Even if no account information was lost the loss of names, email addresses and other contact information is the exact information needed for phishing attacks. And JP Morgan knows it. That’s why this breach is so dangerous. 

As a nation we are flirting with a financial catastrophe that could bring down an empire! The ability of hackers and thieves to impact the financial sector at this level indicates a hack could bring America to its knees and possibly even ignite a global financial crisis. Am I the only one seeing that Wall Street is the next big target? Or maybe the world banking system?  If you think otherwise then you are fooling yourself. I am not so sure that its not time to take your money out of the bank and put it in your mattress. 

Some might think this is a dire prediction; possibly even a doomsday vision. But look at the numbers again and ask yourself; is it really not possible?

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JP Morgan Discloses Data Breach Affected Millions

JP Morgan Data Reveals Data Breach Affected 76 Million Households

JP Morgan Says Data Breach Hit 76 Million Households