PWCOMB21 leak sees 1,921 passwords from PH government websites among 3.28B total

On February 2, a forum online posted 3.28 billion passwords, which have since been dubbed cethe PWCOMB21 (Password Compilation Of Many Breaches Of 2021) leak. According to the analysis of the leak published Monday, April 26, by Brazilian network security firm Syhunt, the collection included 1,921 Philippine government passwords.

The 3.28 billion passwords linked to 2.18 billion unique emails were compiled into a single 18.6-gigabyte file and then made freely available. To release a report, Syhunt scanned the entire archive.

The archive is “actively shared among hackers and cybercriminals in the form of a single, 7zip compressed archive,” according to Syhunt’s analysis.

According to the Syhunt report, 1,921 passwords from.gov.ph domains were compromised. The analysis does not include specific location information from international emails like Gmail, so many more Filipinos may be affected. This is a small fraction of the over 1.5 million .gov-related passwords in the data leak, but many more Filipinos may be affected.

According to the analysis, the United States appeared to be the worst hit, with 625,505.gov passwords exposed and at least 2.78 million.us domain passwords exposed.

Syhunt believes the PWCOMB21 leak is a collection of leaks, implying that the file was compiled from “multiple leaks in various companies and organizations that occurred over time.”

The analysis went on to say, “A large number of leaked passwords appear to have come from breaches involving other companies and websites that allowed users to create accounts using their email addresses. This includes services such as LinkedIn and a variety of other social networking sites, as well as a variety of other Internet sites “were not included in the total.

Users should change not only their passwords but also their usernames and passwords. “When changing a password, completely disregard password naming habits and patterns. More than ever, they should be encouraged and assisted in creating strong passwords.”

Source: Rappler

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