Hacker releases a massive data dump containing nearly 1 billion user records from 44 companies

An experienced hacker with a pseudonym Gnosticplayers released another data dump containing 65.5 million records of users last week. This added to his previous batches of hacked data makes a grand total of 932 million records overall.

Since the middle of February, Gnosticplayers has been uploading batches of hacked data on Dream Market – the digital marketplace for illegal products such as hacking tools, guns, and even drugs.

According to a report by ZDNet, Gnosticplayers has managed to hack the accounts of over 44 companies inducing UnderArmor, 500px, ShareThis, GfyCat, and MyHeritage.

His data dumps were released in four rounds with the Round 1 containing 620 million records. The Round 2, 3 and 4 compromised 127 million, 93 million, and 26.5 million user records respectively.

The hacker notified ZDNet regarding his latest release – the Round 5 just last week that he claims contains data of 65.5 million users. These records compromised data from six companies including the gaming platform Mindjolt, digital mall Wanelo, South Korean travel agency Yanolja, women’s fashion outlet Moda Operandi, and ‘Evite’ – the e-invitations website. The data also contains records from iCracked, the repair center for Apple products.

After releasing the Round five dumps, Gnosticplayers has released a whopping total 932 million records up until now.

Keeping in mind the hacking activities, it is important to make a strong password. Likewise, HaveIBeenPwned, could be helpful in-case you want to check whether your email ID or password, or security of your other online accounts is compromised or not.

A cyber hacker is selling nearly one billion users data over the past two months on dark web markets
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