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Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion passwords: Report

Published on Aug 6, 2014 4:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Russian hacker group has stolen an estimated 1.2 billion Internet credentials from major US companies and others around the world, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Citing researchers from Hold Security, the report said confidential user names and passwords were stolen from some 420,000 websites, ranging from household names to small Internet sites.

Hold did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the report, the hackers gained access to 500 million email accounts.

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