Troy Hunt is a great friend of us here at myITforum and throughout the Penton/Informa network. He writes a regular column for WindowsITPro called: Security Sense. Troy stays pretty busy. His speaking card stays filled up and we’re always trying to get him to fit us in for IT/Dev Connections each year.
But, probably Troy’s biggest claim to fame is still a website/service that he invented called “‘;–have i been pwned?”
The service is a popular destination for those who think one or more of their online account may have been compromised. Troy says…
This site came about after what at the time, was the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe. I often did post-breach analysis of user credentials and kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised. …but all the data on this site comes from publicly leaked “breaches” or in other words, personal account data that has been illegally accessed then released into the public domain. Have I been pwned? aggregates it and makes it readily searchable.
Troy’s service has been used to identify breaches for 205 websites and 2 billion accounts. It has identified breaches in high profile cases such as LinkedIn, Adobe, Myspace and is regularly used as a news source for breaking breach announcements.
Its a great service from a brilliant security mind.
Now, this service can be accessed using an Alexa device. Have I been pwned? for Alexa by Patrick Mollohan allows you to spell out an email address or username and the Alexa skill will compare against the Have I been pwned? web site.
You can locate Have I been pwned? in the Amazon Alexa app, or use the following web link: Have I been pwned? for Alexa
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