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Comast was breached,
The reason hacking attempts are just now starting to happen, is because a known data for purchase site has obtained the hacked database and now people are using it.
M_T - LOL! Did you even read my post Mr. Important? I doubt it.
"NEVER depend on anyone, any company, any product or any ISP to protect your privacy and provide security alone. YOU are the first line of defence."
I was going to read the info at your link - just to see what the document contained but then I saw it was only a "draft" dated 2009? Sorry, but I have better things to do than read a draft that is 7 years old.
You have anything more current to share?
While secure password practices are important, the most secure password is insufficient if the vendor or customer configures or operates their systems insecurely. As we've seen so many instances of companies having password hashes leaked/stolen or having vulnerabilites that allow capturing the passwords and pins, one can't say it is a non-issue if only the customer would practice prudent security precautions. (To be clear, I have no knowledge about this alleged data breach. Specifically, I don't know where the alleged data is from (vendor, customer, ...), or even if it is legitimate.)
For any that aren't familiar with it, here is NIST's "Guide to Enterprise Password Management"
Too much detail for most home users, but it does contain the essence of current guidelines regarding password management. (Of course, information security is much more complex than just password management.)
This should be a non-issue if you practiced prudent security precautions which include:
1. Use strong passwords and CHANGE THEM OFTEN.
2. NEVER depend on anyone, any company, any product or any ISP to protect your privacy and provide security alone. YOU are the first line of defence.
BEWARE! (I am getting fraudulent charges to accounts related to my Comcast email, and I was not notified of this breach by Comcast)
In November 2015, the US internet and cable TV provider Comcast suffered a data breach that exposed 590k customer email addresses and plain text passwords. A further 27k accounts appeared with home addresses with the entire data set being sold on underground forums.
Compromised data: Email addresses, Home addresses, Passwords
You can check if your email address was exposed the breach: https://haveibeenpwned.com/