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If You Thought You Were Safe – Odds Are You’re Not

I subscribe to a service that lets me know when my personal info is compromised.

And I have some bad news for you.

If you thought you were safe – odds are you’re not.

The latest data breach was epic.

The data compromised could trigger an identity theft problem for you and everyone else you know.  If you have NOT locked your credit reports, DO IT NOW!

In case you did not read the line above…

LOCK YOUR CREDIT REPORTS NOW

And here’s the rundown.

Breach: Verifications.io

Date of breach: 25 Feb 2019

Number of accounts: 763,117,241
(that’s right 763 MILLION+)

Compromised data:

  • Dates of birth
  • Email addresses
  • Employers
  • Genders
  • Geographic locations
  • IP addresses
  • Job titles
  • Names
  • Phone numbers
  • Physical addresses

Description:

In February 2019, the email address validation service verifications.io suffered a data breach. Discovered by Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia, the breach was due to the data being stored in a MongoDB instance left publicly facing without a password and resulted in 763 million unique email addresses being exposed. Many records within the data also included additional personal attributes such as names, phone numbers, IP addresses, dates of birth and genders. No passwords were included in the data. The Verifications.io website went offline during the disclosure process, although an archived copy remains viewable.

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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