In the coming weeks, do not be surprised to be invaded by rather suspicious emails or to be harassed by questionable phone calls, the reason is unfortunately simple: a new database containing the confidential information of nearly 40 million French can be found for sale on the dark web.
The data of about 39 million French people for sale on the? This is what cybersecurity specialist Damien Bancal would have discovered for Zataz, an IT news site. First names, surnames, postal addresses, and email addresses are listed in this file that the hacker wishes to sell. To bait the barge, the hacker offers a list of 100,000 people to those interested in the entire database.
This file containing themillions of French surely comes from a mixture of different sources already available . Problem, with a file that accurately lists this kind of information, potential phishing and scam campaigns are likely to flourish in .
With so much information, it is possible to create increasingly realistic messages and thus fool even the most seasoned and attentive users. Another disturbing element, we find in the data file a column real money («real ”), a term often found on the websites of or the of cryptocurrency. This could be an estimate of the profile money recovered.
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Another risk would be to see this data being used to carry out attacks byor by dictionary. They can be carried out on dedicated by hackers to test a gigantic number of combinations to, in the end, find your personal password. Since the , the became to of many French people a real concern for the years to come. To be able to curb this kind of dangerous campaign, online education on must become a primary objective. You can also find here our tips for choosing a good .
Remember that it is essential to regularly changewith or without the help of a , never use the same one twice and always choose sequences of letters, numbers and complex special characters. It is also necessary to privilege when possible, in particular regarding access to their e-mails and .