In an effort to keep Kent State University a #CyberAware campus, the Office of Security and Access Management will keep you up to date with the most recent cyber security events.
The 773 Million Record "Collection #1" Data Breach
Collection #1 is an accumulation of various data breaches. The name "Collection #1" was given to this data set because of the name of the folder in which it was originally discovered. It's made up of many different individual data breaches from thousands of different sources which contained email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows. The unique email addresses totaled 772,904,991 and 21,222,975 unique passwords. This is the headline you're seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). Have I Been Pwned is a third-party service which collects and analyzes data involved in data breaches. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP.
If you were identified by our office as possibly being within this data set, We recommend that you take these steps in response to this incident:
- If you have ever used your current Kent State password as the password for any other web site or online service, change your Kent State password immediately by utilizing the “Forgot Password” functionality on the FlashLine login page.
- Register to receive alerts from HaveIBeenPwned if your email accounts are included in a data breach. To register, navigate to HaveIBeenPwned.com and click “Notify Me” at the top of the page.
To learn more about this data breach from the original source, please visit this post.