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2 million passwords stolen of Websites and Social Networks users via Keylogger tool


Your Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, Twitter and LinkedIn passwords might be stolen, if you are one of those users whose total of 2 million passwords were stolen by a hacker, according to the report from security firm Trustwave.

2 million passwords stolen from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo an LinkedIn users via malicious Keylogger software
2 million passwords stolen from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo an LinkedIn users via malicious Keylogger software

An attacker used the Pony botnet controller’s keylogger software by auto installing on users’ computers in over 90 countries, which ultimately sends him the user IDs and passwords while typing them. The report also tells that the social networks and email companies hasn’t been breached but as the precautionary measures, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and ADP have already notified the users and reset their passwords.

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Pony botnet controller’s version of Keylogger tool is a malicious software which was proliferating after the source code was published o the web and its key use is to steal the passwords.

Although the attacker wasn’t tracked yet, but they have got approximately 1.5 million website user IDs and passwords, 320K email IDs and passwords, 41K FTP logi credentials, 3K remote desktop IDs and passwords and 3K secure shell login credentials. Moreover, the attack was targeted to Netherlands, but the data of other countries were also stole in a certain period of time.

The report also pointed that most users were using the easily guessable passwords like “admin”, “123”, “123456” and “password”.

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