How do you know that you are a Powned victim?
On the website haveibeenpwnd.com you can check whether your e-mail address appears in files that have ever been leaked. You will also see when that leak was and which party was the victim.
Do not be alarmed: the chance that your email address will appear is quite high, but this does not mean that you are also a victim of internet criminals. With just the email address, malicious parties cannot do much, except send phishing messages which can be very dangerous, so beware! The situation will be different if they also get hold of your passwords.
Tip: change the passwords of the email addresses that appear on haveibeenpwnd.com.
If you use the chrome browser you get a warning message if the password you entered is on a compromised database.
Knowing how to read email headers is a useful skill in these dangerous days:
And if you want to check an unknown IP to see if it’s nasty, the Abuse IP Database is here:
Also never open a file sent from an email account you don’t know, delete it immediately.
I know someone who was working for a company and the entire computer network on some of their ships had to be completely reinstalled because people opened files that had ransomware on them.
Imagine if it got onto DP computers via USB stick that would be a big problem.
Ransomware can be a major disaster for small businesses that don’t have data backed up.
Seems to be a good argument for eliminating the email and isp monopolies
Precisely. Decades of failing to enforce antitrust laws has led to fragile monocultures, and not just in the internet.
And the beat goes on …
and here we are using email and it still hasnt been re designed and secured end to end yet.
In the immortal words of Elvis Costello, “I used to be disgusted now I try to be amused.”
Useless fact: Elvis’ Costello’s first job was correcting charts for the British Admiralty.
Well, those (snigger) “1000 engineers” are still at it: