Hackers steal 1.2 billion credentials and 500 million e-mail addresses “




Russian hackers have stolen, according to a security company about 1.2 billion combinations of usernames and passwords. It is probably the largest theft of login details so far. There were also 500 million email addresses stolen.

That reports The New York Times, based on a discovery of the security Hold Security. According to the company, a group of Russian hackers in total about 1.2 billion usernames and passwords stolen from about 420,000 websites. In Digital robbery were also 500 million email addresses involved. The New York Times states that an independent security which they had consulted the discovery of Hold Security considers to be authentic.

Hold Security has released no names of companies that have fallen victim to the hackers. Would involve both large and small companies, both within and outside the United States. A top executive of Hold Security states that most affected sites are still susceptible to hacks, so no names are released.

For the time being responsible might use the data mainly for sending spam and stolen data are probably not yet sold. However, the exact plans of the hacker group responsible are not clear. Presumably, the theft of 1.2 billion login information, the largest digital looting which up to now has been discovered. The cybercrime unit of the United Kingdom recently named Russian hackers are the greatest threat to cyber security in Europe.

Hold Security discovered last year a major hack on Adobe’s servers, where the data of 38 million users were stolen . Also discovered Hold Security earlier this year a major hack involving as many as 360 million personal data were stolen.


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