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Find out if Russian hackers have your information

Find out if Russian hackers have your information
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I'm sure you've been following the reports that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from 420,000 Internet sites. I wrote a Tip telling you how you can stay safe - click here if you haven't read it.

One suggestion had to do with Hold Security, which is the security company that found the breach. Hold Security said it was putting together a searchable database of stolen information you could check to see if hackers had your data.

Well, the database is now ready to go. One of my employees who had signed up received this letter just a little while ago.

Dear XXXXXXXXXX,
This is a message from Hold Security regarding your recent Hold Identity enquiry.
We can confirm that your online credentials have been compromised. However, don’t panic just yet. It is possible that the compromised password(s) associated with this email address are not critical, for example, a password might be very old or assigned to you by default by a service provider.
If you would like to know which one of your passwords has been compromised, follow the link to our website and enter your ticket number, which can be found in the subject field of this email. You can submit up to 15 passwords that will be encrypted using a very secure algorithm and sent to us for running a comparison check in our database. Please note that if you try to send us your passwords unencrypted, we will not respond and disregard your enquiry completely.
Once we check our database, we will let you know which, if any, of your (encrypted) passwords have been breached.
Thank you for your interest in our Hold Identity service and taking the time to submit your enquiry.

Hold Security Staff

donotpanic@holdsecurity.com
www.holdsecurity.com

If you want to sign up with Hold security to see if your data is in hacker's hands, you can go to https://identity.holdsecurity.com/. If you've signed up and you get the email above, you can go to https://identity.holdsecurity.com/submit/ to enter your ticket number and password.

Warning: As soon as scammers see this email, they're going to send out their own versions to try and trick you into giving up your passwords. Make sure the email you get is from "do-not-reply@holdsecurity.com".

Also, make sure you only use the links above. If you arrive at a different link or it doesn't start with "https://" don't give out any of your information.

If the email you get, or any other communication, asks you to reply with your passwords, don't do it. It's a scam.

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