Yesterday, January 28, we celebrated Data Protection Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108, the first binding international law securing individuals’ rights to the protection of their personal data.
So, we thought we’d take the opportunity to update you on the cyber data leak called the ‘Mother of all Breaches’ that was announced last week.
An estimated 26 billion personal data records have been the victims of a cyber breach from major sites, including X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn, Dropbox, and more.
Cybernews posted a list of the major sites involved. Here’s how to check if you have been affected.
You can check if your email is affected: https://cybernews.com/personal-data-leak-check/
Enter your email or phone number and click check now.
SecurityDiscovery.com and Cybernews discovered the data breach and reported that the research suggests it was the result of a collection of earlier data breaches.
Note: You can also use: https://haveibeenpwned.com
The potential use of the data – potentially your data – may include major spam emails, identity theft, phishing, cyberattacks, and open access to personal and private accounts.
LinkedIn stated: “We are working to fully investigate these claims, and we have seen no evidence that LinkedIn’s systems were breached.”
Cybercrime experts are concerned that the size of the breach may result in duplicate entries. If you have used the same passwords for social media accounts, that may leave you open for more important accounts, e.g., banking.
Inside Hospitality Solutions strongly recommends that you update all your accounts using individual and unique passwords, no dictionary words, and a combination of numbers and special characters. Use two-factor authentication where appropriate.
If you need assistance with any form of cybersecurity, contact the IHS team today. For more information on cybersecurity, check out our recent guides and articles.
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