Wednesday, March 27, 2019

You've been pwned!


past tense: pwned; past participle: pwned
  1. (especially in video gaming) utterly defeat (an opponent or rival); completely get the better of.
    "I can't wait to pwn some noobs in this game"

If you're ever wondering if an email address you use has been compromised, see the following website:

Enter your email address and you can find out if it has ever been compromised. If it has, it would be a good idea to immediately change your password to ensure that further problems don't occur.

You can also subscribe to their service where you'll receive an email like the following if your account has been compromised:

You've been pwned!

You signed up for notifications when your account was pwned in a data breach and unfortunately, it's happened. Here's what's known about the breach:
Email found:
Date of breach:
9 Jul 2018
Number of accounts:
Compromised data:
Dates of birth, Email addresses, Names, Passwords
In July 2018, the social bookmarking and sharing service ShareThis suffered a data breach. The incident exposed 41 million unique email addresses alongside names and in some cases, dates of birth and password hashes. In 2019, the data appeared listed for sale on a dark web marketplace (along with several other large breaches) and subsequently began circulating more broadly.

2 Steps to Better Password Security

Monitoring Have I Been Pwned for data breaches is a great start, now try these next 2 steps to protect all your accounts:

You can also run a search for breaches of your email address again at any time to get a complete list of sites where your account has been compromised.
Check my email address again
Why are you only hearing about this now? Whilst the breach occurred in July 2018, sometimes there can be a lengthy lead time of months or even years before the data is disclosed publicly. Have I Been Pwned will always attempt to alert you ASAP, it's just a question of how readily available the data is.
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