Digital Citizens United, a company that is dedicated to making the internet safer and crime-free released a report recently that showed massive credential leaks onto the darknet. Their report found that over 120,000 University of Michigan email addresses were available for sale on the Darknet.
Researchers believe malicious hackers breached accounts servers at the school. They stated that these situations are usually the result of mishandled data on the part of the schools, or third parties such as social networks. These recent events raise the question of whether or not .edu educational emails—similar to healthcare records—will be high value targets in the future.
One of the large concerns of the stolen .edu emails is the perceived authenticity of them. Education domains can only be registered by upstanding teaching institutions, therefore unsuspecting people are more likely to open malicious links received from them. Similar United States Universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, John Hopkins and more have been the target of similar breaches.