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The Ultimate Data Breach Database
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The Ultimate Data Breach Database

The past year has been full of high-profile data breaches, and one cybercriminal has taken it a step further with the claim of creating the ultimate database. This ultimate database supposedly has over 3.8 billion records, which the cybercriminal is attempting to sell the information on the dark web.

The claim for this ultimate database is that it is comprised of scraped phone numbers that were then linked to Facebook profiles, Clubhouse accounts, and other sensitive information. The type of data that has been collected, leads to an increase in smishing attacks, hijacked accounts, and other various social media scams.

Use these tips below to help yourself stay safe:

  • Smishing, aka text message phishing, is difficult to spot. When you receive a suspicious text message, ask yourself the following questions: Were you expecting this message? How did the sender receive your phone number? Did you opt-in to receiving text alerts from the sender?
  • A social media account that becomes hijacked, is one of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to spread disinformation or scam several people at one time. Do not trust what you see on social media and report anything you think may be suspicious.
  • A good and simple safety measure to take for your social media accounts is to: keep them private and only accept friend/follow requests from people that you know and trust.
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