NEW YORK (AP) - A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites.
The New York Times says the thievery was uncovered by Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of sifting out online security breaches.
Hold Security didn't immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press.
The identities of the websites that were broken into weren't identified by the Times. The newspaper says nondisclosure agreements required Hold Security to keep some information confidential.
The reported break-in is the latest incident to raise doubts about the security measures that both big and small companies are using to protect people's information online.
Security experts believe crooks will continue breaking into computer servers unless companies become more vigilant.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus