The Dark Web is where most of the internet's illegal activities take place. If you want to buy drugs, counterfeit or stolen items, fake degrees or passports, cloned debit cards, hacking tools, weapons and more, this is where to get them. Some sites also let you hire a hit man, pick up someone's identity or swap child pornography. Like we said, it's a scary place.
Now, a hacker is claiming to have stolen millions of account credentials from a major tech company and is selling them through the digital underground. I'll let you know which site was breached and what you need to do to fight the attack.
Hackers might steal your information, but that's just the beginning. Most of their money is made by selling your personal information to other thieves who then use it to steal and wreck your credit and perhaps your entire financial life. These transactions usually occur on the Dark Web. If you're unfamiliar with what the Dark Web is, click here to listen to our special podcast episode that explains how it works.
Yahoo is now looking into reports that at least 200 million login credentials have been stolen. A hacker with the handle peace_of_mind listed them for sale on the Dark Web for about $1,800. Usernames, passwords, birthdates and backup email accounts are some of the listed items.
Yahoo says they are taking the claim seriously and are committed to protecting their clients' information. Their security team is trying to determine if the breach is real or if the database of information is a fake.
This is not the first time the "peace_of_mind" hacker has been involved in this type of attack. He also took credit for the LinkedIn hack back in May that put 117 million people at risk. Click here to see how LinkedIn responded.
If you are a Yahoo user you need to change your login credentials immediately. If this breach is verified, this step could keep the cybercriminal from getting into your account.