Hackers Post 2M Facebook, Google, Yahoo Passwords
Most common one? '123456'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2013 3:22 PM CST
   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – Some 2 million user credentials for Facebook and other top services have appeared on a Russian-language website, likely thanks to malware installed on users' computers, experts tell the BBC. They believe a crime ring was probably behind the dump, which claimed to include 318,121 Facebook usernames and passwords, along with login details for users of Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Russian sites. "We don't know how many of these details still work," says a security researcher.

"But we know that 30% to 40% of people use the same passwords on different websites." Another no-no: Using passwords like "123456," which appeared more than 15,000 times, making it the most common one in the database. The information was probably gathered by a botnet—or collection of computers under criminal control via malware—called Pony. "Computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape information directly from their web browsers," says a Facebook rep. Every Facebook user affected has had his or her password reset, the site says.

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TwoSheds
Dec 5, 2013 11:00 PM CST
"They trust me — d u m b f u c k s," says Zuckerberg
DarkFrancis
Dec 5, 2013 11:45 AM CST
If 300,000 passwords were stolen and 15,000 were 123456, then 285,000 weren't...which strongly indicates that it doesn't matter what your password is.
wei2szu
Dec 5, 2013 9:51 AM CST
"The information was probably gathered by a botnet—" Oh really? No shit, or do the hackers have a full time VA in charge of adding these names to the database? "Computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape information directly from their web browsers," says a Facebook rep. This FB rocket scientist is brilliant. Just say anything that would push blame off of your COMPANY! Lastly, when they talk about the botnet "or collection of computers under criminal control via malware"...yeah that sounds like a distinctive description of a bunch of computers and networks, a lot like what the NSA owns?