Nearly 2 Million Passwords Stolen

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) -- According to cyber-security firm Trust Wave, hackers have stolen usernames and passwords from nearly 2-million accounts by secretly installing a computer virus to track what you type.

The company discovered the hackers' server in the Netherlands keeping log-in information, that they would later sell.

The company says this started in late October and could be on-going,
raising fears that hackers could see personal or financial information.

The numbers are staggering:
-318,000 Facebook accounts
-70,000 Gmail, Google Plus, and YouTube accounts
- 60,000 Yahoo users
- 22,000 Twitter accounts
- 8,000 Linked-In accounts

Perhaps even more disturbing, the report says that 8,000 ADP accounts were compromised.

Pay managers use ADP to manage employee paychecks.

ADP released a statement saying that none of their clients had been "adversely affected."

The company notified affected users and reset their passwords.

Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Linked-In say they've done the same. Google hasn't commented.

So, how can you protect yourself? Experts advise that you update your antivirus software, and don't click on suspicious links. Also, change your passwords, and avoid simple ones such as "123456."

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