Breach Alert: Media Frenzied About Stolen Passwords

What Happened?        

News of the Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn (among others) breach has spread quickly throughout major television shows and websites. According to information security company Trustwave, less than 2,000 U.S. passwords were impacted out of the 2 million passwords captured by keylogging software. Because this breach involved capturing key strokes as they were typed, changing a password is not enough. Passwords must be changed on an uninfected computer.

What Should You Do?

If you happen to be one of those affected, expect a notification from your provider. Remember, situations like these can be exploited by scammers pretending to be company representatives. As always, take preventive measures to protect your personal information, including creating unique passwords and monitoring your accounts. Again, make sure the device is secure and free of malware.

Additional Details

Findings from Trustwave’s report outline the countries, domains and number of passwords impacted. The country most affected was the Netherlands with 1,828,452 passwords stolen. For the complete report, visit Trustwave’s blog.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of EZShield Inc. alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any other person or entity, including specifically any person or entity affiliated with the distribution or display of this content.

John Burcham, Chief Privacy Officer at EZShield Fraud Protection
John Burcham is Corporate Counsel for EZShield. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional...
Read more about John Burcham.

Leave a Comment.