The search engine for data leaks Have I Been Pwned is for sale. The founder of the popular website says that keeping up with the project takes too much time, and wants to hand over the site to a company.
That is what founder Troy Hunt says in a blog post. He says he spends too much time adding new data breaches and building new functions, in particular because he still keeps track of everything on his own.
Hunt is therefore in discussion with various takeover candidates for the website. He does want to remain involved in its development. “There are so many things that I want to make for the site but that I cannot do on my own,” he writes. “I want to be the person who does that.” Hunt also says it is a requirement that Have I Been Pwned must always remain accessible for free, at least for consumers.
Have I Been Pwned was founded in 2013. The data on large leaks is collected and offered on the website. Known of such leaks are LinkedIn and Adobe, where millions of data were released. Via the website, users can check whether their e-mail address or password has been revealed in such a data breach. According to Hunt, there are now nearly 8 billion records on the website, and three million users are automatically notified if their data is stolen.