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Friday, December 15, 2017

Data breach aggregation: yes, it's a thing

Security analysts are discussing a large cache of stolen credentials being sold on the Dark Web. 4iQ, a threat intelligence firm, made the disturbing discovery Dec. 5, 2017, during a routine investigation of an underground community forum. 4iQ investigators found the database of 1.4 billion stolen logins, displayed in clear text, organized alphabetically and optimized for search.

The database is an aggregated "dump file" of 252 high-profile data breaches, researchers noted. In addition to its record-breaking volume, the database has a user-friendly format with interactive tools to enable criminals to import new exploits as they occur.

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