A hacker forum user posted more than 8.4 billion passwords, breaking records for the largest collection of computer system user privacy breaches in recorded history.
The huge 100 gigabytes (GB) TXT file claimed to contain 82 billion passwords, but an analysis of the data provided revealed that the records amounted to one-tenth, or 8.459 billion, according to the Cyber news website on June 7.
Also, the hacker who published the pile of data reported that all the passwords are composed of between 6 and 20 characters, which do not belong to the code based on the Latin alphabet used by modern English, ASCII, and blank spaces removed.
The same invader of the privacy of private accounts called his publication RockYou2021, in a possible allusion to another of similar name occurred in 2009, that time of 3.2 billion passwords.
It could also be verified that RockYou2021 included the passwords revealed in 2009, and others already known.
Surprisingly, the 8.4 billion passwords are twice the number of people with access to the Internet, but it is also true that a single person can generate many accounts and passwords.
For his part, author Edvardas Mikalauskas, warns about the reuse of passwords on different websites and the eventual fragility of the system.
“Since most people reuse their passwords across multiple apps and websites, the number of accounts affected by credential stuffing and password spraying attacks in the wake of this leak can potentially reach millions, if not billions,” he wrote.
Also, the RockYou2021 work may become a convenient database for other hackers to use for further crime.
“By combining 8.4 billion unique password variations with other breach compilations that include usernames and email addresses, threat actors can use the RockYou2021 collection to mount password dictionary and password spraying attacks against untold numbers of online accounts,” Cyberbews explained.
The extreme dependence of companies and institutions on computer systems has become the Achilles heel of today’s civilization because of the most powerful hackers turned data hijackers.
Last month alone, they received nearly $4.4 million to free the Colonial Pipeline system, which supplies 100 million gallons of fuel per day to a large portion of U.S. consumers.
These criminals belonging to the Darkside group announced their criminality in August 2020. Among their victims are supposed to be only large corporations, which they extort by demanding huge amounts of money.
The hackers usually hijack the victim’s server data, encrypt it and charge for restoring it. If their demands are not met, they threaten to publish the information on the dark web, thus putting pressure on the victims.
In this sense, the celebration of the 2021 version of the Cyber Polygon event on cyber-attacks arouses expectation, with which the concern increases due to the parallel it presents with the 201 Event on pandemics, held in 2019, a couple of months before the disaster caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus began.
These events were organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and other globalists, generating suspicion for what would be another of the strange ‘predictions’ that have brought them great benefits.