Mother of All Data Breaches (MOAB): 26 Billion Records Exposed, Sending Shockwaves Across Major Platforms
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Mother of All Data Breaches (MOAB): 26 Billion Records Exposed, Sending Shockwaves Across Major Platforms

Cybersecurity researchers just uncovered what may be the Mother of All Data Breaches – a whopping 26 billion records exposed, dubbed “MOAB.”

Yeah, Mother of All Breaches packs a punch. And it’s still knocking the wind out of major sites including LinkedIn, Adobe, Telegram, and Chinese platforms like Weibo.

The 12 terabytes of spilled data eclipse past leaks. Most records – 1.4 billion – come from Chinese app Tencent QQ. But tons of info also leaked from Western brands, plus government agencies worldwide.

What’s at stake? The researchers warn MOAB data enables identity theft, targeted hacking, phishing schemes – a cybercriminal smorgasbord.

See, it’s not just usernames and passwords dangling precariously. The central danger is how breached info can be mashed together for sinister puzzles.

Like if your Netflix and Gmail both got hit, crooks can Frankenstein a skeleton key to other accounts. Not ideal!

The tiny silver lining is that MOAB merges lots of old leaks, not all fresh wounds. But still, it’s unprecedented ammo for fraudsters.

So how exposed are you? The researchers created a handy checker to input emails and phone numbers. I tried mine and turns out some past breaches caught me – annoying but useful info.

The site also shares privacy tips if you got snagged. Main takeaways? Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible. Never reuse passwords. Ditch passwords that appeared in known breaches.

Simple but vital self-defense as threats snowball. While MOAB’s sheer scope is daunting, smarter strategies can fend off attacks.

Of course, odds are more mega-breaches await as hacking scales up too. But staying vigilant and responsive dulls their damage – we got this!