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360 million stolen personal details are found online

Hold Security stumbles on a pilfered haul
Thu Feb 27 2014, 09:10
Security threats - password theft

A SECURITY FIRM has found a huge haul of 360 million stolen personal details that are for sale online in handy packages.

Hold Security revealed that it had found a whopper of a data locker of personal details for sale in a statement on its website.

It said, "To help our customers we tracked over 300 million abused credentials that were not disclosed publicly (that is over 450 million credentials if you count our Adobe find). But this month, we exceeded all expectations!"

The firm revealed that in the past three weeks it found 1.25 billion email address files and 300 million "stolen and abused" sets of personal credentials.

"These mind boggling numbers are not meant to scare you and they are a product of multiple breaches which we are independently investigating," it said, before reminding us that it sells a service to prevent such abuse.

In October, Hold Security revealed that it had found stolen source code for Adobe products and millions of user passwords. In an investigation with security journalist Brian Krebs, it found over 40GB in encrypted archives. It said that the archive that was found on a hacker's server "appeared to contain source code of such products as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Publisher, and the Adobe ColdFusion line of products".

In his report, Krebs said that a hacker group had seperately posted up a file including that data and over 150 million username and hashed password pairs.

Later that same month, Hold Security reported on a security breach at PR Newswire, and said that the firm's details were found on the same server as the Adobe booty. It said that the marketing news service was an "unlikely target". µ


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