Hackers Steal Two Million Passwords from Facebook, Gmail, Twitter

Oh, and some 93,000 other sites

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Hackers have stolen some two million usernames and passwords from 93,000 websites, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn.

CNN reports that the cybersecurity firm Trustwave traced the massive breach to a server in the Netherlands. Security experts said the confidential information on the server came from a piece of malware which recorded users’ keystrokes at login screens.

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With the cat out of the bag, Trustwave decided to analyze the most popular stolen passwords. Topping the list was “123456,” just edging out the Spaceballs punchline, “12345.” Mel Brooks, you’re not alone:

[CNN]

 

4 comments
OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

I understand why my bank requires a secure password to log-in to my account.  I don't understand why my grandson's middle school requires a secure password to access the homework site.  Is it possible that some things just don't need a password?

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Time! This is your cutting edge journalism ?? It's all headline and open rate. So! Disappointing!

artgolden
artgolden

@OzarkGranny To make sure that your grandson and only your grandson is one that actually did the homework.