Friday, December 6, 2013

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts and passwords hacked and stolen (Including mine)

Some of you are well aware of the struggle I found myself in since yesterday when I lost my Twitter account (@franksdonald) and this my blog to hackers. Graciously I have been able to retrieve the Blogger but I can't say the same about the twitter.

Unfortunately, I am among the 2 million people who's accounts got hacked and this is really turning into an ugly trend.

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 firm Trustwave 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. 

On Nov. 24, Trustwave researchers tracked that server, located in the Netherlands. They discovered compromised credentials for more than 93,000 websites, including: 
  • 318,000 Facebook (FB, Fortune 500) accounts
  • 70,000 Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts
  • 60,000 Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) accounts
  • 22,000 Twitter (TWTR) accounts
  • 9,000 Odnoklassniki accounts (a Russian social network)
  • 8,000 ADP (ADP, Fortune 500) accounts (ADP says it counted 2,400)
  • 8,000 LinkedIn (LNKD)accounts
Trustwave notified these companies of the breach. They posted their findings publicly on Tuesday. 

"We don't have evidence they logged into these accounts, but they probably did," said John Miller, a security research manager at Trustwave. 

Here's hoping I can get my twitter back before the close of today.

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