September 01, 2017
In what may be the biggest spambot dump ever, millions of email addresses and some passwords have been leaked onto the internet. A broken Spambot has dumped the data into the internet, potentially endangering millions of people whose data Is contained within it. The worst part of it is that it also includes passwords, which means that some people’s accounts may now be compromised.
According to sources, the Spambot has dumped no less than 711 million email credentials out into the open, enough to give one each for every man, women and child in the whole of Europe. While the actual number of people may be smaller since all of them might not belong to real people, it is still a worrisome problem.
Mr. Hunt, a security researcher who made the find said that, all of the emails were, in fact, collected by people running a spambot, which sends out emails en masse to people in the hope that they’ll be tricked into clicking onto them and giving up money. The data, according to Hunt has been collected from various dumps, like the one from LinkedIn.
“This illustrates how broad the sources of data inevitably are; finding yourself in this data set unfortunately doesn’t give you much insight into where your email address was obtained from nor what you can actually do about it,” Mr Hunt wrote in his blog post.
There is actually no credible way of knowing where the data actually came from due to the wide number of sources. It includes a range of addresses from different sources, many of which are fake but some of which are entirely real. “I have no idea how this service got mine, but even for me with all the data I see doing what I do, there was still a moment where I went ‘ah, this helps explain all the spam I get’,” he added.