Millions of Passwords Stolen in Massive Hack of Facebook, Google, Twitter and Other Major Sites

Hopefully this doesn’t impact you or anyone you know. But it might.

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firmTrustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers.

The hacking campaign started secretly collecting passwords on Oct. 21, and it might be ongoing: Although Trustwave discovered the Netherlands proxy server, Miller said there are several other similar servers they haven’t yet tracked down.


Security experts say the best way to defend yourself is to update your browsers. And don’t use 12345 as your password. Seriously. That’s embarrassing.



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