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2 million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail accounts compromised

By Al Boe     Dec 5, 2013 in Internet
Around 2 million Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts were compromised by hackers in the past month, according to a new report.
The report, released by Trustwave, a company described online as "a privately held information security company that provides on demand data security, compliance and threat intelligence solutions and services to customers in 96 countries", hackers compromised approximately 2 million accounts. These include 1,580,000 website login credentials, 320,000 email account credentials, among other credentials stolen. The hacking, which started on October 21st, may possibly still be ongoing using separate proxy servers.
As CNN Money explained "The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world".
The Verge also explains: "The keylogger tool was a version of the Pony botnet controller, a malicious piece of software that has been proliferating since its source code was published."
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter were among companies that say they have notified affected users and prompted them to change their passwords, CNN Money reports.
The report also indicates that payroll service provider had nearly 8,000 passwords compromised. As Trustwave points out "Facebook accounts are a nice catch for cyber criminals, but payroll services accounts could actually have direct financial repercussions." ADP has also contacted affected users.
According to the report, 318,000 of the passwords stolen came from Facebook, approximately 70,000 from Google, 54,000 from Yahoo and 21,000 from Twitter, Passwords from other sites, such as LinkedIn, were also compromised.
Interestingly, the report was also able to discover the most common passwords of those who had their passwords stolen. 15,000 of the passwords were "123456" while another 5,000 were "123456789". "1234", "password" and "12345" rounded out the top 5. This list shows that even amid attempts by websites to convince users to create more secure passwords, many still use those that are the easiest to crack.
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