The unknown and anonymous group (or single person) LulzSec is creating havoc, not just for companies like Sony, but also for government organizations like CIA and FBI. Most recently, the targets of the group has been common individuals like you and me.
In today’s data dump, LulzSec uploaded 62000 username and passwords for various users. Using this data anyone could login to your email account, Facebook, Twitter, bank account and more. It is definitely a huge privacy and security issue.
If you go through the Twitter feed of @LulzSec, you will see how the leaked passwords are being used. Some of those updates are really scary, take for example the one below where someone managed to destroy relationships over Facebook using those stolen accounts.
As you can see from the above screenshot, several users have used those accounts to access Xbox Live, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube accounts. Some users even withdrew money from PayPal accounts and claimed to ruin relationships. This is definitely sickening.
Gizmodo has written an article to check if your passwords were leaked and find them out, however, don’t sit back happy if you are not one of the people who were not compromised. Regardless of whether or not your data was leaked, take about 15-20 minutes out of your time today and update the passwords for your Facebook, Twitter, Bank accounts and email providers like (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) and other important services you use.
Make sure to create a new password for these services and if possible use different passwords on all of them. If you are having trouble with creating strong passwords read our guides on how to create strong passwords and more or use some password creation tools which can help you generate strong passwords
Though you might use hundreds of services, upgrading your passwords for some key services might save you trouble other individuals are going through. As a practice, try and use different passwords for different services and use alternative logins like (login through Twitter or Facebook) wherever you can.