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Dec 10 2013   12:00AM GMT

Have you been pwned?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Data breaches have been big news over the past couple of years with some big players leaking huge numbers of online accounts and email addresses. These accounts are now “pwned,” being subject to illicit use by hackers. Here are some of the big players and the number of compromised accounts:

  • Adobe – 152,445,165 accounts
  • Statfor – 859,777 accounts
  • Gawker – 532,659 accounts
  • Yahoo – 453,427 accounts
  • Pixel Federation – 38,101 accounts
  • Sony – 37,103 accounts

The countermeasure is to make sure all of your accounts have strong passwords and that the passwords are not duplicated from one site to the next.

To find out if any of your accounts have been pwned, you can visit http://www.haveibeenpwned.com, enter your email address (you can check as many email addresses as you want) and click the “pwned?” button. You’ll get one of two responses as shown below:

nopwnage

The one above shows you’re OK. No need to fret about it. If you get the one below, you had better take action.

pwnage

Oh, oh! You’re pwned. Change your password immediately to something strong and be sure you’re not using the same passwords on multiple sites.

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