Recently, a 100 GB file with 8.4 billion passwords inside (8 459 060 239 unique records) appeared on the network. Experts speculate that these passwords are a compilation of previous leaks. There are no logins in the file, only passwords ranging in size from 6 to 20 characters. A huge number of them are complex passwords with special characters. They are all contained in a single file called RockYou2021.txt.
This file was uploaded by a user with the nickname of the same name – RockYou2021. This nickname is most likely a reference to a 2009 leak that called Rock You… But that leak was several times less – the file, posted in 2009, contained only 32 million lines.
The number of passwords in the file exceeds the world’s population, which has not yet reached the 8 billion mark. The total number of Internet users on the planet, according to various estimates, is about 5 billion people. It can be assumed that many passwords are real and are still used today.
It is believed that this file is the result of a normal generation using an advanced algorithm. According to Troy Hunt, most of the elements of the file posted on the Internet have never been used as passwords. It’s just a compilation of the generated items with some real lists.