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Over 2 Billion Stolen Emails and Passwords Surface Online  

This is NOT a notification of data loss by the University.

Nearly 2.2 billion stolen emails and passwords have surfaced online for criminals to access, according to a German research group, exposing far more accounts than originally thought. Initially, almost 773 million accounts were thought to have been exposed online, according to Australian researcher Troy Hunt.

According to Consumer Reports, the information doesn’t appear to stem from a massive new data breach. It’s more likely to be an aggregation of consumer information stolen over the years from companies such as Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Dropbox. To determine whether an email address or password has been compromised by these latest data dumps, consumers can consult the Identity Leak Checker provided by the Hasso Plattner Institute or Hunt's Have I Been Pwned? site.

Though the passwords may be outdated for Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts, hackers can still try to use them to access consumers' other accounts. Keith Barros, Senior Director of IT Security at Seton Hall, advises against sharing your password, even with the Department of Information Technology. "Use complex passwords, change them frequently and avoid using the same user ID and password for multiple accounts. If possible, use a form of two-factor authentication, especially for accounts that contain sensitive or financial information."

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security that helps to prevent anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password. The Department of Information Technology plans to require two-factor authentication for all accounts used by full time faculty and employees in the Spring 2019 semester and will communicate next-steps soon.

How to protect your accounts and data:

  • Report phishing emails by clicking the "Report Phishing" button.
  • Check if your email or password have been compromised here.
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication for sensitive accounts.
  • If you suspect your Seton Hall account is compromised, contact the Technology Service Desk immediately (

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For more information, please contact:

  • Technology Service Desk
  • (973) 275-2222