The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant data breach affecting 773 million email addresses and usernames.
Titled ‘Collection #1’, the data breach was made public by Australian cyber security expert Troy Hunt, who identified that a large collection of email addresses, hashed and plaintext passwords had been distributed on a known hacking forum.
Unlike other data breaches, this breach cannot be tied down to one site. Instead it appears to comprise multiple breaches across a number of websites/services.
To find out if your email has be compromised visit the Have I Been Pwned service and verify your e-mail address has not been compromised. It is also a good idea to test other addresses you have.
If you find that your address has been caught up in this please contact us for assistance if need be.
There are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your information safe: