Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords

By Supratim Adhikari

A credential pair is a combination of user id (mostly e-mail) and password. Of these 1. 2 billion are unique, according to Hold Security, which adds that the gang would have had to break into over 420,000 web and FTP sites to amass the impressive hoard. While 4. 5 billion credentials may seems like an astronomical number, Hold Security researchers said that it’s not surprising given how many sites require registration through email addresses. “Let’s face it, almost everyone re-uses their passwords.

Alex Holden, the founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security told The New York Times that most of the sites targeted by the ‘CyberVor’ gang remain vulnerable, adding that  he saw no connection between the hackers and the Russian government.

Alex Holden, the founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security told The New York Times that most of the sites targeted by the ‘CyberVor’ gang remain vulnerable, adding that  he saw no connection between the hackers and the Russian government.

Read more here: Business Spectator

    

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