A group of Russian hackers stole an estimated 1.2 billion Internet credentials of major U.S. companies and others around the world in what is probably the violation of data-largest in history.
Quoting Backup Withholding researchers, the report said the usernames and passwords were stolen confidential of about 420,000 web pages, ranging from household names to small sites.
Hold not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the report, the hackers had access to 500 million email accounts.
“Not just Hackers target U.S. companies pointed any website that could be obtained, ranging from Fortune 500 to small web sites,” said founder Alex security Hold Holden told the New York Times.
“And most of these sites are still vulnerable.” In what is probably the biggest violation of known data, the hacker group bases its operation in south central Russia, a flanked by Kazakhstan and Mongolia, according to the report.
The Times said the group includes less than a dozen men 20 years and it is believed that their servers in Russia.
“There is a division of labor within the band,” Holden is quoted as saying. “Some are writing programming, some data are stealing.”