Have you been meaning to change your password lately? Now is always a good time…
As recently highlighted in a number of online blogs, the email addresses and passwords of 771 million people have been published online during a gigantic data leak…
Personal data collected by a “spambot” called Onliner has been dumped on a server thought to be located in the Netherlands.
This bot is designed to spread malware that steals banking details and infects people’s computers to pump out more viruses as well as vast amounts of spam — the name for the unwanted emails often sent by scammers.
Troy Hunt, owner of website HaveIBeenPwned, claims the leak to be “the largest single set of data I’ve ever loaded into HIBP”. His blog goes on to provide a sense of scale that this number is almost one address for every single man, woman and child in all of Europe…
What does this mean?
If your email address is on the list, your account could be taken over and turned into a spam factory or used to distribute dangerous malware.
Roads and Marine Services (RMS) Examples…
He pulls out one example in which, “one of the files with the “NewFile_” prefix contained over 43k rows associated with the Roads and Maritime Services of my neighbouring state here in Australia”
According to Hunt, every row contains RMSETollDontReply@rms.nsw.gov.au in quotes followed by “support@” and then predominantly .com.au domains, albeit with over 13k .ru domains. This email address is used to send notifications relating to the “E-Tag” device installed on your car windscreen so that you can pay tolls.
RMS E-Toll Email
Hunt muses “I’ll take a stab at it and say that there’s not many legitimate drivers using the New South Wales toll road system with Russian email addresses! Clearly, the constant alias on every one of these accounts is auto-generated.”
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