Tuesday, 31 May 2016

42K emails accounts compromised in Ireland - change passwords now!

ESET Ireland recommends Irish computer users change their email passwords in light of the suggested global email breach.

Last week it was reported a massive global email breach has occurred. Allegedly 272 million email accounts were compromised in one of the largest revealed data breaches to date. ESET Ireland, however, cannot confirm this, as the only info we have on the topic comes from a company called Hold Security, which has previously made headlines and raised doubts, whether it was all just a publicity stunt, with their claim of “1.2 billion passwords stolen” in 2014.

An article in the Belfast Telegraph suggests over 42,000 emails with the .ie domain were included in the data breach, again quoting Hold Security, who has supposedly received this info from a Russian hacker, but disclosed very little else.

Whether any of this is actually true or in fact just a publicity stunt, Irish computer users are recommended to preventively change their email passwords, as they should do every few months anyway. Please avoid using 123456, password, qwerty and other most common passwords and check out these tips from ESET Ireland on how to construct an easy-to-remember, but hard-to-guess passphrase instead.