Identity theft: BSI informed concerned, self-test online




The Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) informed by a become known identity theft affected users in Germany. The Verden prosecution has made a record with about 21 million e-mail addresses and passwords available to the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology.

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After the analysis of the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology about 18 million of identity theft remained concerned e-mail addresses, including some 3 million German e-mail addresses. The holder of the e-mail addresses turn informed by BSI in collaboration with the online service providers German Telekom, Freenet,, cable Germany, Vodafone and

In addition, the BSI is again a web-based security test. The identities had been found under a determination Learn which accounts are to be used here to build a network that sent spam mails.

The botnet is still in operation, how to make announced by the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, the stolen identities are being actively exploited. It is assumed that it is in the found addresses and passwords both for access to e-mail accounts as well as to access to other online accounts such as online shops, internet forums or social networks – if you here and there the identical password is used, which should not be taken nowadays.

Due to the current use of the data, the information to interested parties in Germany takes place in a two-part, privacy-compliant procedure involving online service providers German Telekom, Freenet,, cable Germany, Vodafone and how to continue telling.

The Federal Office for Security in Information Technology has made these providers falling within their domain for e-mail addresses to enable this information to their clients. It should be a privacy-friendly methods for warning of IT risks, around 70 percent of those affected can be covered in Germany with the case in the present.

Users who have an email account at a location other than the above mentioned providers or run your own web server, are encouraged, using the provided by BSI Web-based security testing to check whether they are affected by the re identity theft.

For operation: The new record was entered into the safety test existing since January. The address entered is matched in an industrial process by BSI with the data that has provided the Verden prosecutor. If the address and therefore the user’s digital identity affected, it will receive the appropriate information by e-mail to the specified address. If the entered email address is not affected, so the user does not receive notification.

Perhaps for the incentive: My article on digital spring cleaning where it comes to security – for an email address and password do not necessarily give access to an account an attacker. In use for different services, different passwords, where feasible, is based on two-factor authentication. Uses any password manager that generate you secure passwords. Solutions such as KeePass and Co are easy to use and also free of charge.
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