Thursday, August 14, 2014

More than one billion passwords stolen by a Russian team

More than one billion passwords stolen by a Russian team

A specialist security company, Security Hold, brought a wind of panic by announcing the discovery of a planetary flight IDs and passwords. The attack is rather original, based on botnets that test the vulnerability of sites and was verified by two independent experts. But the risks are perhaps exaggerated.

On 08/07/2014 at 13:27 - By Jean-Luc Goudet, Futura-Sciences

From Russia, pirates have collected personal data gleaned from more than 400,000 sites. © ecstaticist / Flickr - License Creative Commons (by-nc-sa 2.0)

You did not know Hold Security, a company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States? With its resounding discovery, shot to fame. After several months of investigation, the company specializes in IT security - which had already revealed an attack suffered by Adobe - says 1.2 billion passwords, with the names (actually more than 4 billion but most used several time) associated with more than 500 million email addresses were stolen from 420.00 websites by a small group of hackers installed in Russia. In an article published by the New York Times , the president of Security Hold, Alex Holden, said the hacked sites are very different from those of large corporations to personal sites. He said the group has been operating since 2011, based on a traditional method but with a rare professionalism. The company has named CyberVor because Vor means "thief" in Russian.