Published on 27 Apr 2020 by Illy
Pastebin and Twitter are actively removing files containing thousands of email addresses and passwords, allegedly belonging to various health organisations involved in the fight against COVID-19. The breach also contains several logins that users have claimed to have used to access private directories in relation to COVID-19 research. The title of some of these lists however, references a credentials database that has been shared amongst criminals since 2016. Suggesting that the contents of the recently shared lists may be cherry picked and outdated data from previous breaches and thus they pose little risk.
The data appeared to first emerge on the forum 4chan before being uploaded to Pastebin and shared on Twitter. This began when a user  posted a now deleted tweet containing Pastebin and archive links to multiple data dumps. The content of these sites were quickly archived and re-uploaded on external forums such as Kiwifarms.net, leading the data to remain available despite efforts to take them down.
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