The new partnership will ensure that any compromised passwords found by the FBI during its investigations will be added to HIBP – which already contains billions of information.
In a blog post, HIBP creator Troy Hunt said the partnership should mean the timely entry of freshly compromised passwords into the database.
“Their goal here is perfectly aligned with mine and, dare I say it, with the goals of most people reading this: to protect people from account takeovers by proactively alerting them when their password is down. has been compromised, ”he said.
Bryan A Vorndran, deputy director of the FBI’s cyber division, said the deal was an example of the importance of public-private partnerships in the fight against cybercrime.
“We are delighted to partner with HIBP on this important project to protect victims of online credential theft,” he told Hunt.
Hunt also announced that the site is now open source, which means the code has been released under a license allowing anyone to use it. It also means that programmers can examine the code to make sure there are no security issues.
“It is now an important part of many online services and this initiative ensures that anyone can run their own instance of Pwned passwords if they wish,” Hunt wrote.
“I hope this encourages greater adoption of the service both because of the transparency that openness of the codebase brings and the confidence that people can always ‘roll on their own’ if they wish.