Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Posted in: Legal & Security at 31/08/2017 15:10

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses.

The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind.

The addresses - and in some cases associated passwords - have apparently been gathered to help spread banking malware.

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Spambot leaks more than 700m email addresses in massive data breach
More than 700m email addresses, as well as a number of passwords, have leaked publicly thanks to a misconfigured spambot, in one of the largest data breaches ever.

The number of real humans’ contact details contained in the dump is likely to be lower, however, due to the number of fake, malformed and repeated email addresses contained in the dataset, according to data breach experts.

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