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700M Email Addresses Leaked by Spammer

Accidentally leaked credentials

A misconfigured spam server exposed more than 700 million email addresses and some passwords—though the number of real people’s emails addresses is likely lower.

It’s the largest data leak from a spammer, The Guardian reported, but many of the email addresses seem scraped from the internet or guessed by combining words with domain names. The data was available for anyone to download without credentials.

The data, however, appears to be from other previous breaches. Security researcher Troy Hunt told The Guardian that some of the emails and passwords match those from a LinkedIn breach from May 2016.

sector

Web Services

reported

August 30, 2017

reported by

The Guardian

number affected

700,000,000

location of breach

Unknown

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

Unknown