Russia hackers stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

As per Hold Security – a US firm with expertise in spotting breaches, a Russian group of hackers dubbed ‘CyberVor’ has stolen 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses.

It claimed the hacked information belongs to over 420,000 websites, including many leaders in virtually all companies across the globe. It revealed that the hackers targeted every site that their victims visited. However the firm has not disclosed the names of those companies the accounts of which have been compromised.

Surprisingly, it has posted a message on its site saying it will charge $120 (£71) a month for a breach notification service. As claimed by Hold Security, the hackers also got access to data from “Botnets” – a network of computers infected with malware, to set off online scam and helped the hacking group identify more than 400,000 websites that were susceptible to cyber attacks.

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