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Dec192013

Have your email and password been compromised?

 

You should stop what you are doing, and go to HaveIBeenPwned.com.  Here is a quote from the site, put up by Troy Hunt, regarding one of the password breaches -- "the Big One" with 153 million passwords released!

ADOBE:   "In October 2013, 153 million accounts were breached [emphasis mine] with each containing an internal ID, username, email, encrypted password and a password hint in plain text. The password cryptography was poorly done and many were quickly resolved back to plain text. The unencrypted hints also disclosed much about the passwords adding further to the risk that hundreds of millions of Adobe customers already faced."

The site also checkes for pwned accounts on 7 other sites as well.  If you find your email on this website, you should immediately change the password to the organization that leaked your password (most likely Adobe), as well as to all other sites that might use that password -- because hackers likely have compromised the password and it's linked to your email account and password hint.  Of course, you never use the same password for two sites, do you?  If you do, then consider using Last Pass or 1Password.

In case you are not familiar with the word "pwned" here is the Wikipedia definition:

Pwn is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb own,[1][2][3] as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival,[4] used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., "You just got pwned!").[5]

In hacker jargon, pwn means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking, including iOS jailbreaking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.[4]

And no, I'm not sure how to pronounce it!  I think it's pronounced as "owned" with a silent "p."

 

--Tiron

 

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