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Why ‘Have I Been Pwned’ is not a security solution (And it never will be)

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it is that the number of data breaches caused by and resulting in an alarming number of compromised credentials is growing. Another point that everyone can all agree on is that something desperately needs to be done about it. What almost nobody can agree on is how to address this growing problem to make it go away.

With more than 127,000 followers on Twitter and more than 2 million subscribers to the popular Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) website, one might believe that service created by Troy Hunt is an unquestionable success in the cybersecurity world. But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story and are certainly not enough to build a business case to use the service. It’s the same thing that our parents told us when we were kids, “Just because everyone else is doing something, doesn’t mean you have to do it too.” Continue reading

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