Posted: 6 August, 2014
by Web Girl Sarah
Why Changing Your Password Is The Most Important Thing You Can Do Today
Russian crime ring steals 1.2 billion passwords.
Time to change your passwords!
The New York Times has reported a Russian crime gang is in the possession of the largest known collection of stolen passwords, email address and online information.
A US-based security firm has revealed the collection includes confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites. This includes over 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and 500 million email addresses.
An independent security expert confirmed to the New York Times that the database did exsist and the information was authentic. He said some big companies were aware their infomation had been stolen.
The information is believed to be held by a ring of Russian criminals in their 20s who have not sold the information – instead they are using the info to spam people on Twitter.
What should you do?
Change your passwords and your usernames if possible. It’s suggested you change your passwords regularly to ensure your information remains secure.
Try to use long passwords with a combination of capital letters, numbers and symbols.
It’s also important to use different passwords and username combinations to prevent a domino-type effect. Particularly with sites containing sensitive and personal infomation.