Passwords: a slightly jaw-dropping report
from Digital Shadows this month which shows that 24,649,096,027 usernames and passwords have been leaked by cyber threat actors and are available for use on the surface and dark web. That’s a 65% increase on the previous year. 6 billion of these records were unique password/ username pairings. The rest weren’t. Most people, in other words, are still using the same password across multiple sites. And the most common password was 123456. Please, use three random words, save your passwords in your browser or on a password manager, and reinforce with multi-factor authentication. Ask us if you don’t know how.
Breaches of note this month. Our advice as ever is to change the password associated with accounts relating to these companies, implement multi-factor authentication if they support it, and be wary of communications purporting to come form the company in the near future. Delivery company Yodel
went offline as a result of cyber attack in the latter part of June. The extent of breach is not yet clear. Wiltshire Farm Foods
also hit the headlines at the same time, and for the same reasons. They provide ready meal deliveries with a focus particularly on elderly persons.