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Have I Been Pwned (HIBP)

June 25, 2020

Pwn means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), website, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking, including iOS jailbreaking. (Wikipedia)

Data breaches have become common in these days of our increasing dependence on the social media and the Internet. The “have i been pwned“ website allows you to check if you have an email account that has been compromised in a data breach.

This site came about after what was, at the time, the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe. They often did post-breach analysis of user credentials and kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised.

The FAQs page goes into a lot more detail, but all the data on this site comes from “breaches” where data is exposed to persons that should not have been able to view it.

Check your email accounts at https://haveibeenpwned.com

From → Cyber / Computer

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