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A security researcher has discovered a trove of more than 13 million plaintext passwords that appear to belong to users of 000Webhost, a service that says it provides reliable and high-speed webhosting for free.
The leaked data, which also includes users' names and e-mail addresses, was obtained by Troy Hunt, an Australian researcher and the operator of Have I Been Pwned?, a service that helps people figure out if their personal data has been exposed in website breaches. Hunt received the data from someone who contacted him and said it was the result of a hack five months ago on 000Webhost. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/10/13-million-plaintext-passwords-belonging-to-webhost-users-leaked-online/ [arstechnica.com]