Newsweek: Youporn Hacked Data Among Dark Web Database Sparking Cyber Crime Epidemic

December 12, 2017 — Youporn Hacked Data Among Dark Web Database Sparking Cyber Crime Epidemic

Lisa Baergen, Director at NuData, comments on news of a database of 1.4 billion user passwords being discovered on the dark web, paving the way for what security experts expect to be a “cyber crime epidemic.”

A database of 1.4 billion user passwords has been discovered on the dark web, paving the way for what security experts expect to be a “cyber crime epidemic.”

The data—compiled from 252 data breaches from websites including LinkedIn, MySpace, Netflix and YouPorn—allows easy access to potentially the largest ever list of information about users.

Dark web monitor Julio Casal described the database in a blog post as easy-to-access and interactive, meaning “even unsophisticated and newbie hackers” can exploit it.

In an emailed comment, Director of NuData Security Lisa Baergen called it a “crystal clear warning” to organisations to treat cybersecurity as a top priority and not rely so heavily on password-based security checks.

“When companies authenticate their customers with more than just static data, they are not exposed to the risks that databases such as this one pose,” Baergen said.

“Passive biometrics monitors behaviour such as how the users hold the device, what fingers they use, and how fast they type, that can’t be replicated by a bad actor… With a stronger multi-layered authentication solution [companies] can easily prevent account takeover attempts that use PII [personally identifiable information] from the dark web.”

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