Russian hackers steal billions of passwords

Aug 06, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT
Participants attend the annual Chaos Communication Congress on December 28, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany.
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The U.S. firm Hold Security has said that Russian hackers have stolen the internet credentials of 1.2 billion profiles. Security workers have said that this breach is one of the largest data-stealing hacks ever, and that any personal information listed on the internet is at risk.


Russian Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords, Security Firm Says [Wall Street Journal] 

Russian hackers behind world's biggest data heist [New Zealand Herald]