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Russian Hackers Stockpiling Stolen Data

A group of Russian hackers known as CyberVor has accumulated more than 1.2 billion unique usernames, passwords, and email addresses, making it the largest stockpile of stolen Internet credentials in history according to the researchers who discovered the breaches. The hackers gathered the data over several years from 420,000 websites, according to Hold Security, a corporate-website security consultancy. Hold did not disclose additional details but stated that companies of all sizes were targeted and that the hackers apparently used the stolen information to send out spam designed to sell bogus products. Although they initially bought user data on the black market, they eventually used bots to look for vulnerabilities on websites. (National Public Radio)(BBC)(The Wall Street Journal)(Krebs on Security)(The Washington Post)(Forbes)

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