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Russian crime ring amasses over a Billion credentials

It is being reported that the USA and South Korea account for over 80% of the stolen credentials. Username and passwords are not enough to protect us.

According to Hold Security, the attackers used a botnet to hunt for sites vulnerable to SQL injection hacks. They compromised roughly 420,000 websites and lifted 4.5 billion username-password combinations in all; after eliminating duplicates, the number drops down to a no-less-impressive 1.2 billion unique login combos. Hold Security has not released the names of the victim sites.

Brian Krebs has provided an excellent Q&A on the topic.


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