Security Org States Hackers Stole 1.2B Web Passwords in Massive Breach

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“Thought the theft of 110 million people’s data during the hack into retailer Target was bad? Hold Security says it’s discovered a breach more than 10 times bigger.

Over the past seven months, the security firm has been working to uncover what it says is arguably the largest known data breach in history. Hold Security has identified a Russian cybergang that it believes stole 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

“Whether you are a computer expert or a technophobe, as long as your data is somewhere on the World Wide Web, you may be affected by this breach,” Hold Security warned in a blog post published Tuesday. “Your data has not necessarily been stolen from you directly. It could have been stolen from the service or goods providers to whom you entrust your personal information, from your employers, even from your friends and family.”

The hackers didn’t discriminate as to what kinds of websites they hit in this breach — they went after the most well known companies as well as mom-and-pop websites, said Hold Security. In total, more than 420,000 web and FTP sites were robbed. The firm hasn’t yet released the names of these companies because those sites may still be vulnerable.”

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