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Data breach just doesn't do this justice.

1.2 Billion Web Credentials Said To Be In Russian Gang's Hands

Over 400,000 web site were compromised over a six month period. The gang, about a dozen hackers from south central Russia, managed to accumulate over 1.2 billion account names with passwords. At this point you don't ask "Was I hacked?" because the answer is effectively "Yes." Even if you weren't directly attacked someone you know was and you could've already been sent spam from them with a virus or Trojan horse in it and not have known.

So, my fellow Kossacks, your job for today -- change your web passwords. All of them.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 09:56:10 AM PDT

  •  The source of this story is a New York Times (5+ / 0-)

    article (linked in your link) that claims it got the information from an outfit in Milwaukee called Hold Security.

    It would be an understatement to say I'm skeptical about this!

    How does the CEO of one small cybersecurity firm in Wisconsin know that "420,000" websites were hacked?  How does he know that "1.2 billion" passwords were stolen?  How does he know it's all from a group of 12 men in their 20s in a town in south central Russia?

    And of course the obvious question--isn't a story like this just what he needs to grow his business?

    FWIW, I always suspected that some of the viruses were spread around by some of the virus-checker companies, and I remember reading some examples of that.

    So I'm not going to waste any time changing passwords today.

    Lies written in ink can never disguise facts written in blood.--Lu Xun

    by Timaeus on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 10:02:31 AM PDT

    •  how does the ceo know (1+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus

      the russians hacked his company
      to which the NSA outsouced a back-up server
      sorry for the double post
      but good question

    •  The NPR reporter went over the "how did they (1+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus

      find out about this?" part. It's not in the print article but basically it's them (Hold Security) tapping in to the "dark net" and watching for interesting activity. They noticed a group selling account information and contacted them. A little wheeling and dealing (and maybe some cloak and dagger) happened and they got access to a good chunk of the stolen information. And, yes, they're going to try to turn it in to a gold mine for themselves but I think they're entitled. What's scary is just how easy it was for this small group of hackers to do so much so quickly.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 11:20:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  guess those dam ruskies (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, ontheleftcoast

    hacked a NSA back-up server

    •  If 12 guys and a case of vodka could get this (1+ / 0-)
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      gerald 1969

      it does make you wonder what the NSA has. My guess? Everything.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 11:21:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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