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Personal Credentials of Billions Discovered For Sale on Black Market Websites

     

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3:42 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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This kind of thing reminds me I should change passwords on a regular basis.

A "treasure trove" of stolen personal details has been found on sale on black market websites, a security firm says.

About 360 million account credentials including email addresses and passwords were reportedly uncovered.Personal Credentials of Billions Discovered For Sale on Black Market Websites [bbc.co.uk]
Hide Security said it had also found 1.25 billion email addresses without passwords.
It is unknown where the credentials, which were found in the past three weeks, came from - but the company said they included major email providers.

Experts said that the batch was exceptionally large in size. "It is Godzilla-sized, it is a monster," said online security consultant Graham Cluley.

He added: "There may be some duplicates but, even so, it sounds like a complete treasure trove for cybercriminals."
 

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