Published on December 5th, 2013 | by Mick Brennan


Massive Hack Steals Over 2 Million Facebook, Gmail And Twitter Passwords

A Chicago-based cybersecurity firm has said that almost 2 million accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and other social media and Internet sites have been breached

The firm Trustwave reported that hackers have stolen 1.58 million website login credentials and 320,000 e-mail account credentials, among other items. Included in the breaches were thefts of 318,121 passwords from Facebook, 59,549 from Yahoo, 54,437 from Google, 21,708 from Twitter and 8,490 from LinkedIn. The list also includes 7,978 from ADP, the payroll service provider. According to a Trustwave blog, “Payroll services accounts could actually have direct financial repercussions.”

The hacking began Oct. 21 and might still be taking place, according to CNN.

John Miller, a security research manager at Trustwave, told CNN, “We don’t have evidence they logged into these accounts, but they probably did.”

ADP, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter told CNN they have notified users and reset passwords for compromised accounts. Google declined to comment and Yahoo did not respond immediately.

The majority of passwords were from the Netherlands, followed by Thailand, Germany, Singapore, Indonesia and the United States, which accounted for 859 reports from machines and 1,943 passwords, according to Trustwave. In all, just over 100 countries were affected, and Trustwave said this shows the attack is “fairly global.”


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