Millions of emails and passwords exposed in major data breach

Posted: Updated:
EDISON -

Millions of emails and passwords have been compromised and posted to a hacking forum in a major data breach.

According to security researcher Troy Hunt, more than 700 million emails and 20 million passwords were exposed. Hunt runs the website, haveibeenpwned.com, a site that helps users find out if their information has been compromised.

Hunt told Wired.com that it is difficult to see where the information originated from, but that it could have come from more than 2,000 leaked databases. Wired reports that this type of breach has happened before, but never at this scale.

Cybersecurity expert Scott Schober says that hackers can use this information in a variety of ways.

“They can perform identify theft or to try to take credit in our name,” he says.

Schober is the president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics. He says that while cybersecurity threats can’t be 100 percent prevented, there are some ways users can protect themselves.

“Considering using a password manager,” he says. “Having a few email accounts. It’s more to manage but it allows you to keep the secure stuff secure.”

Schober also recommends using websites that officer two-factor authentication for added protection.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your New Jersey 2019 Holiday Photos

    Your New Jersey 2019 Holiday Photos

    From sparking holiday lights to fun Santa photos, News 12 wants to see your holiday photos!
    From sparking holiday lights to fun Santa photos, News 12 wants to see your holiday photos!
  • 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
    2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
    The 87th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in New York.
    The 87th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in New York.
  • Your December 2019 Storm Photos

    Your December 2019 Storm Photos

    Do you have photos of the winter storm from the December 2019 storm? We want to see!
    Do you have photos of the winter storm from the December 2019 storm? We want to see!
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."