“Usersearch.org is a website dedicated to making you more secure.” We introduce a new and free capability (Hack Search) to check if your email account has ever been involved in a major organisational data breach and hopefully encourage you to change your passwords.
No one wants to hear those words. Unfortunately, the recent releases of wanna cry and its mutations has caused a lot of businesses, and individuals to hear those words. Some (most) would not admit. Thats not very useful for us public. Fortunately, that doesnt matter thanks to our new Hack Search.
I’m going to cut to the chase. It’s their fault. If you don’t take sensible, precautionary measures to look after your online security, its going to happen eventually. Fingers crossed its not you’re business with egg on its face. Would you pay up and not inform you’re customers too?
The most frustrating aspect of all this, the solutions are easy.
Take some good sensible online precautions to protect yourself, your income, business, family and reputation. Keep you’re computer up to date, use anti-virus software, don’t give your details out in coldcalls…and don’t share passwords between user accounts(!!). That last one’s a doosy.
I’m going to pick a random email address out of thin air and run it against our Hack Searcher. ‘Fred31@gmail.com’. Fred, on the unlikely chance you’re reading this email, apologies for using you. Our records show Fred has been compromised on no less than 9 times since 2013. Fred, you seem to be quite an online social networker, bit of an online dater and likes a little online gaming. Sorry, but you’re email has been included in major organisational data breaches and hacks. You’re first hack was from a data hack in 2013 on Tumblr. The data is in the dark net so you wouldn’t know this. You’re latest hack was April(25th) 2017 in fashonfantacygame.com.
Now, that took me a whole 3 seconds to find out. Fred, I can hear you asking how we know all this and why should you believe me. Because were good at what we do, very good. What do we do? We’re trying to keep you safe, Fred. We do this by deploying some pretty advanced web crawlers into the web and darknet to detect things like this. We don’t collect the information, we simply report on it. You my friend, better change you’re passwords! And don’t use the same password for different accounts this time mate.
To make you feel a little better Fred, we’ll let you in on a secret. If you or anyone has been using the internet just like the average Joe over a few years, chances are you will be in a big list of hacked emails. You’re password may not actually have been ‘cracked’ by these breaches as most password databases are pretty securely encrypted. However, there are a lot of average Joe’s who use the same password across multiple accounts. I’d bet you my own Granny these hackers know this and see the value in decrypting these passwords. I hope you’re PayPal account password is different to you’re password in modbsolutions, fling.com, mate1.com, Myspace and Tumblr!!
For the OSINT Researcher
Now, you may not be the average Joe checking your online security or security conscience small business who wants to make sure their employees emails are not found within these hacks (they shouldnt be using their work email on fling.com anyway!). Instead, you’re a cool dude who for one reason or another, need to track down stuff online.
The coolest thing for you, is you have cold hard information there that Fred was at one point or another a member of Fling.com. Now, this data can easily be faked and we cannot provide guarantees. But it certainly gives you a point of direct, hmm. However, before you go contacting Fred we suggest you check you’re own email address. We shocked ourselves how massive some of these data leaks are.
Massive Leaks (massive!!)
We’ve done a few searches for a different random email (email@example.com), check this out. We’ll also found some press releases to backup our findings.
Our system says….
- 2017-02-13 : hacker.co.kr : 138,6570 emails compromised (a quick google shows : https://fossbytes.com/hackers-wont-stop-888-data-breaches-so-far-in-2015-and-246-million-records-lost/)
- 2016-10-09: fashionfantasygame.com : 2,354522 emails compromised (Quick google : https://teiss.co.uk/2017/04/21/fashion-website-hacked-millions-accounts-breached/)
- 2016-07-05: Linkedin.com : 10,8030202 emails compromised (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36320322).
Bob, please change your passwords. These hacks are 2017 and 2016! wow.
So, in conclusion: Make sure you regularly check for compromise on our system and change you’re passwords often. Just visit https://www.usersearch.org and take a look of the ‘Hacked Search’ option.
Don’t forget, these hacks happen all the time. The more often you check on our site, the safer you and your business will be. Knowlage is power.