Russian Cybervor Hack
As you may have heard, there was a major online security breach last week. We’re going to walk you through the particulars and explain how we can all learn from this incident.
A Russian cybercrime collective called Cybervor has reportedly amassed over 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from 420,000 distinct websites in what is being described as one of the biggest hacks ever.
So What’s the Damage?
There have been a number of articles, including this essential one from CNN, urging people not to get too terrified about the Cybervor hack for several reasons.
- Yes, 1.2 billion is a lot, but there is the distinct possibility that a great deal of that number comes from culling the bounty of other major breaches like the ones at Adobe, Sony, LinkedIn, RockYou.com and eBay. Those passwords and usernames were already exposed, and Cybervor is just corralling the efforts of their forebears.
- A lot of these passwords came from “Mom and Pop blogs, forums and other places where people often consider using a ‘throwaway’ password.” Not ideal, but compared to having your e-mail exposed, light damage.
- Ffor the more conspiratorially-inclined among you, there’s the fact that the breach was discovered by Hold Security, a company that is paid “tell companies if their usernames and passwords were compromised for the princely sum of $120.” Something worth considering?
How to Protect Yourself from Hacking & Identity Theft Online?
As usual, when something like this happens, we take the opportunity to advocate for our associates in the VPN (Virtual Private Network) industry. These service providers are on the front lines of online security, encrypting user data, and setting up secure servers all over the world to protect you from malevolent attacks just like the Russian hack.
We’ve got a whole list of FlashRouter-supported VPN service providers that you can and should consult to find the right VPN for you. And use a VPN router for complete protection for your entire network and every single device in it.
Secondly, and at the risk of repeating ourselves, but we have to insist that you take the password process seriously. We understand the temptation to keep using the same username/password combo every time you need to sign into a new site, but it’s a surefire way to have all of your data breached at once.
Take a look at our handy primer on wise password procedure. Hopefully, you come away with some useful tips.