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Massive Breach – Fallout Expected
Researchers have managed to penetrate a spam bot and uncover a massive list of 711 million records that includes email addresses, email and password combinations (some in cleartext), and SMTP credentials and configuration files.
The information in the files will allow much more convincing phishing emails, access to Email address and Email server, possible access to additional online accounts and services, and much more. Until more information is available, please be very vigilant concerning Emails, even ones that appear to be legitimate. This breach could allow an Email to actually be sent from someone’s legitimate Email address making it next to impossible to detect potential security issues.
The group that found these lists have added them to a service which will tell you if your email address has been compromised. If you enter your Email address at Have I Been Pwned, the site will match your Email address with those that have been identified in the breach.
Since PSAB posts non-obfuscated Email addresses on their website, it is very likely that most have been compromised. We did a random spot check on two Email accounts as indicated below. Please note that a password change may or may not help the issue. Further, if a password change is requested, settings need to be changed within Outlook as well as cell phones that access Email. We are not recommending a password change, at this time, unless you notice an increase in unsolicited messages and or other unusual activity on your computer or any of your online accounts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to open a ticket.
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