Reports came in this week that Russian hackers obtained online login credentials of approximately 1.2 billion people. 500 million email accounts were also compromised in this hacking.
Hold Security discovered this breach and estimate that 420,000 websites have been impacted. The names of the companies and institutions affected have not been released yet, but they range from big brands to small businesses.
Hold Security is reportedly working on a way to allow individuals to securely access a database to see if their information has been compromised.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself
Since the scope of this is still unknown, it’s important to be proactive in protecting your information. Here’s what you should do:
- Change your username/password for all online accounts. Ideally you should have a unique combination for each account.
- Monitor accounts for suspicious activity.
- Delete emails from unknown sources and do not click links or open attachments in suspicious emails. If you get an email requesting account information, call the company to confirm they are the true sender.
For detailed tips, check out some of our previous posts on online security: