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."


WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 234701081 - wbko.com/a?a=234701081
Gray Television, Inc.