Russian Gang Stole 1.2B Internet Passwords, US Firm Says

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A cybersecurity firm said it has uncovered about 1.2 billion Internet

logins and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses amassed

by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen

data, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. Hold Security of

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which discovered the credentials, said they were

stolen from some 420,000 websites, according to the report. Hold

Security declined to identify the sites that were breached, citing

non- disclosure agreements and concerns that they remained vulnerable

to attack, the paper reported on its website. "Hackers did not just

target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get,

ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites. And most of

these sites are still vulnerable," the New York Times quoted Alex

Holden, the founder of Hold Security, as saying. Reuters could not

independently confirm the details of the report. Dmitri Alperovitch,

chief technology officer of the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike told

Reuters that the stolen passwords could be used to access other

accounts beyond the ones on sites that were breached because people

commonly use the same passwords for multiple sites. "A compromise like

this could mushroom," said Alperovitch. Hold Security in February said

it had uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts

that were available for sale on cyber black markets.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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