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have i been pwned?
Posted by: goodmanx
Date: February 08, 2016 07:31PM
i received the following email a little while ago:

"You've been pwned!

"You signed up for notifications when your account was pwned in a data breach and unfortunately, it's happened. Here's what's known about the breach:

"Breach: Comcast
"Date of breach: 8 Nov 2015
"Number of accounts: 616,882
"Compromised data: Email addresses, Home addresses, Passwords
"Description: 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.
You can also run a search for breaches of your email address again at any time to get a complete list of sites where your account has been compromised.

"Check my email address again

"As with any data breach, the usual advice applies: go to the impacted site and reset your password immediately plus, of course, ensure that you're not reusing that password on any other sites.

"If you don't want to receive any future breach notifications, just click here to unsubscribe."

i don't know how to tell whether my computer has been compromised, hacked or anything else. i'm reluctant to press the button to check the email address again for fear that doing so might invoke some nefarious result. is the solution to change my comcast password? any assistance will be appreciated.
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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 08, 2016 07:38PM
More than likely just your Comcrap accounts. But like another unfortunate forum member, if you used the same or a similar password for Comcrap as you do for other sites, then you are at risk.



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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Jem
Date: February 08, 2016 07:39PM
Sounds like a phishing attempt. Been a lot of those going around.

Call comcast with a phone number from your bill and see what's up.
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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Black
Date: February 08, 2016 07:40PM
There are links in that e-mail that probably lead you to sites that hope you enter personal info. Reading it again won't hurt but run your cursor over those links and check the URL bar to see where they lead. Much needed teaching moment.




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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: February 08, 2016 07:48PM
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Jem
Sounds like a phishing attempt. Been a lot of those going around.

Or someone posted a link awhile back and you put in your email address.

[www.pcworld.com]



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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 08, 2016 07:50PM
"Click here to unsubscribe."

Suuuuuure
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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: goodmanx
Date: February 08, 2016 07:54PM
feeling better about it. not that this is the last word, but . . . .

easycounter
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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 08, 2016 08:50PM
classic phishing scare email, delete and move on, nothing to see here, these are not the droids you are looking for.



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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: February 08, 2016 09:25PM
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jdc
classic phishing scare email, delete and move on, nothing to see here, these are not the droids you are looking for.

It's legit.
[www.networkworld.com]

You don't have to click any links in the email.

Change your Comcast password. If you use the email address, you'll also have to update the PW in your mail apps.

(BTW: My email address and account details were exposed in the same Comcast data breach.)







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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: February 08, 2016 10:09PM
The report of the breach is genuine, but the email might not be. I have already received a few scam emails trying to use this and other breaches that have been reported extensively to phish for more addresses to exploit.
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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 08, 2016 10:34PM
Id say dump any email associated with comcast.



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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: February 09, 2016 07:40AM
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jdc
Id say dump any email associated with comcast.

You cannot "dump" any email associated with your ISP. It is how they communicate with you. You can ignore it.



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Re: have i been pwned?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 09, 2016 02:09PM
Check to see if your email address has been among the various troves of information that's been compromised:

[haveibeenpwned.com]

I believe that this was a popular site during the HeartBleed meltdown last year.



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