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Russia hackers loot 1.2 billion passwords, says US security firm

Records linked to 500m unique e-mail addresses

Published Wed, Aug 6, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[WASHINGTON] A gang of hackers in Russia has amassed 1.2 billion sets of looted user names and passwords, according to a US security company that said it is the largest known cache of stolen personal information.

The pilfered records, associated with about 500 million unique e-mail addresses, were discovered by Hold Security LLC, a Milwaukee-based company that sells information-security and risk-management services. The findings were based on seven months of research, though the…

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