1.4 billion usernames, email, and password combinations leaked

Key details: 9th December 2017

  • 4iQ discovered a single file with a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials
  • Breach is twice as big as the previous largest credential exposure
  • This database allows criminals to search for passwords and usernames easier and quicker, especially targeting users that reuse passwords on multiple sites.
  • Found on 5th December 2017 in an underground community forum.
  • Top passwords include:
    • Password
    • 123456
    • abc123
    • qwerty
    • 123456789
    • 1234
    • iloveyou
  • Users worried about breach can check their e-mails here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/