Cybersleuth offers to help cops nab Russian thieves who stole 1.2 billion passwords

  • by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 6, 2014 - 5:35 PM

LAS VEGAS — The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Alex Holden, Chief Information Security Officer for Hold Security, whose firm uncovered the breach.

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