16 million German passwords stolen

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  1. FanJ

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    BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25825784

    Der Spiegel (in German):
    http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/...illionen-nutzerkonten-betroffen-a-944643.html

    Trojaner-Board (in German)
    http://www.trojaner-board.de/148343-bsi-millionenfacher-identitaetsdiebstahl-botnetze.html

    Heise Security (in German)
    http://www.heise.de/security/meldun...t-Konten-durch-Botnetze-geknackt-2090167.html

     
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  2. siljaline

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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    Germany IT Watchdog Knew for Weeks of Mass Cyber Theft
    https://www.securityweek.com/germany-it-watchdog-knew-weeks-mass-cyber-theft
     
  3. Wroll

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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    That's 20% of their entire population.
     
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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    I find it interesting that there is no mention where the compromised information was stolen from.
     
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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    They say they were keylogged.
     
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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    That still doesn't reveal where this mass amount of compromised e-mail addresses were stolen from. Maybe they were taken from the NSA :D
     
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  7. FanJ

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    Re: 16 million German passwords, emailaddresses stolen

    The thread title is not completely correct: The passwords stolen don't have to be necessarily related to email addresses. It could also be, for example, related to sites where you have to log on with a password, etc. German sites point to that issue. I'll ask LowWaterMark whether he would be so kind to change the thread title. Sorry.

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    Not necessarily: a person could have (and should have) more than one password. Never use a password for more than one purpose.
    Nevertheless, the huge number of stolen passwords is definitely a concern.

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    Not much have been made public about the whole issue. There is talk about a botnet.
    Lots of questions can be raised; for example:
    If a botnet caused this all, which botnet? Who are behind it? Which anti-malware programs do detect it, and when did they start to detect it?
    I can think of more questions...
     
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