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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Records Exposed
January 28, 2024

26 billion records exposed together online

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26 billion records exposed together online

Earlier today we heard that security researchers had found 26 billion records exposed together online, saying it was the “mother of all breaches”.

The data that was found doesn't appear to be from one single data breach, but more likely a compilation of multiple breaches from sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Weibo, and Tencent, among others.

Data breaches happen all the time, and many of us may have had more data exposed than we think. With that exposed information, criminal hackers could:

• Hack into your email and send phishing messages to your contacts

• Access your social media account, and ask for ransom or damage your reputation

• Steal your money by using your identity to open a credit account or take out a loan

• And more...

You can check if your email has been compromised by entering it into:

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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