The largest collection of passwords in the world was published on a popular hacker forum, he announced CyberNews. A forum member posted a 100 GB TXT file containing 8.4 billion passwords, most likely collected from previous security incidents.
The author of the forum post claims that all passwords have between 6 and 20 characters, and all non-ASCII characters and spaces are removed.
Although the author claims that the file he published contains 82 billion passwords, tests by CyberNews, which published this information, show that the actual number of passwords is almost ten times smaller and amounts to 8,459,060,239 unique entries.
The password collection is called RockYou2021, probably because of compromising RockYou’s 2009 data, when hackers accessed the servers of a company that created widgets for MySpace and implemented applications for various social networks, including Facebook. The hackers thus stole more than 32 million email addresses and passwords.
One of the reasons the RockYou2021 file is so large is that it also contains 3.2 billion passwords from the Compilation of Many Breaches (COMB), as well as passwords from other detected databases. COMB was by far the largest collection of passwords of all time, with 3.2 billion passwords.
This says that the person who posted RockYou2021 has been collecting and storing leaked passwords for years.
With only 4.7 billion people online, the RockYou2021 collection may contain the passwords of the entire world population.
If this is the case, you should immediately change your passwords using a password manager or password generator to create strong, unique passwords for each of your online accounts.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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