The pervasive message from cyber-security experts has always been that it’s not matter of if you’ll be hacked, but rather, a matter of when. A direct illustration of that point was revealed early this week, with Hold Security’s August 5 announcement indicating that as many as a 1.2 billion unique credentials may have been compromised by Russian hackers over the past year. This is the largest data compromise ever recorded.
Hold’s research indicates that the compromised data was the work of a single Russian hacking organization, and that it is currently in possession of the world’s largest cache of stolen data. The results were found through Hold’s Deep Web Monitoring practice and their Credential Integrity Services. The company has dubbed the unnamed gang the CyberVors.