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18 million email addresses and passwords stolen in Germany

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posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:00 PM
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If this was North America? Holy #snacks...!

But it's Germany...right?

No issue... Maybe this why it's no biggie on ATS? Or else the search function is still crap.


Last week, authorities in the German city of Verden reportedly discovered one of the country’s largest cases of identity theft, where up to 18 million email addresses and their associated passwords may have been stolen. Tech Pro Research Security Awareness and Training Policy IT Security: Concerns, budgets, trends and plans Secure Equipment Repair Policy IT Manager's Guide to Cybercrime

The city's public prosecutor has asked the country's Federal Office for Information Security (known by its German abbreviation BSI) for its help in notifying the affected users of the breach, according to a statement by the BSI. On Friday, the federal office said that it was working under "high pressure, so that affected internet users can be immediately informed".

The stolen identities were discovered in the context of an investigation into a botnet which is being used to send spam emails from stolen email addresses, according to the BSI. "The botnet is still in operation," according to a statement issued on Monday by the BSI, and "the stolen identities are being actively exploited."


Note the aresses: Security, Cybercrime...

Makes me think there is a targeted attack rather than just someone having fun.

Peace




posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:11 PM
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I know there are 7 billion+ on the planet and probably 80% of them own something to be hacked but how many times do they (who ever they are) have to hack people's info before they get everyone?

I have been told that my info has been hacked or stolen at least 5 times now and with the NSA hard at it I doubt there is anyone really left to hack so why is this sort of thing a worry anymore ?



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:21 PM
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I assume you've changed your password everytime you were alerted that someone had your information?



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:24 PM
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jude11
If this was North America? Holy #snacks...!

But it's Germany...right?

No issue... Maybe this why it's no biggie on ATS? Or else the search function is still crap.


Last week, authorities in the German city of Verden reportedly discovered one of the country’s largest cases of identity theft, where up to 18 million email addresses and their associated passwords may have been stolen. Tech Pro Research Security Awareness and Training Policy IT Security: Concerns, budgets, trends and plans Secure Equipment Repair Policy IT Manager's Guide to Cybercrime

The city's public prosecutor has asked the country's Federal Office for Information Security (known by its German abbreviation BSI) for its help in notifying the affected users of the breach, according to a statement by the BSI. On Friday, the federal office said that it was working under "high pressure, so that affected internet users can be immediately informed".

The stolen identities were discovered in the context of an investigation into a botnet which is being used to send spam emails from stolen email addresses, according to the BSI. "The botnet is still in operation," according to a statement issued on Monday by the BSI, and "the stolen identities are being actively exploited."


Note the aresses: Security, Cybercrime...

Makes me think there is a targeted attack rather than just someone having fun.

Peace


don't trust the propaganda
and the stolen data was not just from Germany ( 3 millions Germany the rest elsewhere )



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:24 PM
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These attacks always seem to come from Russian kids for some reason. They aren't usually politically motivated or anything but a money grab system. They steal the info and sell it to brokers who sell it to buyers who sell the stolen purchases to fences who sell it back to all of us. When I think about it, I never really know who I get stuff from on certain sites. So in essence, I may be ultimately stealing from myself!



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:28 PM
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Battleline
I know there are 7 billion+ on the planet and probably 80% of them own something to be hacked but how many times do they (who ever they are) have to hack people's info before they get everyone?

I have been told that my info has been hacked or stolen at least 5 times now and with the NSA hard at it I doubt there is anyone really left to hack so why is this sort of thing a worry anymore ?


Nothing to worry about?

I see you've given up your privacy as "Oh Well, what can I Do?"

Peace



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:30 PM
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AnteBellum
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These attacks always seem to come from Russian kids for some reason. They aren't usually politically motivated or anything but a money grab system. They steal the info and sell it to brokers who sell it to buyers who sell the stolen purchases to fences who sell it back to all of us. When I think about it, I never really know who I get stuff from on certain sites. So in essence, I may be ultimately stealing from myself!


Hackers have no region, culture or nation.

Some of the best originate from the US...right?

Peace



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 04:34 PM
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Some of the best originate from the US...right?


The ones here in the USA I believe have legit jobs working for our illegit government.

Seriously, the best rouge hackers I heard were in Western Russia.
edit on 4/7/2014 by AnteBellum because: spelling



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 05:07 PM
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I haven't given anything up, I do what I have to in order to keep my identity from being stolen, it cost's money but I don't really see what can be done when your fighting an entity like the NSA and super hackers.

Instead of making a comment like you know me lets hear what you are doing and what anyone can do when your info is being sold on a daily base's and is in no doubt endless computers all over the world.

The only way is get off the grid.



posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 05:41 PM
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This is a Horrible situation and very unfortunate and security must be increased some way to make things safer. But compared to the rest of the world this is only a drop in the bucket , here is the rest :

World population . source : en.wikipedia.org...
even if it's not accurate it's probably close.

7.154 billion and in comparison this 18 million is nothing and of course there is no reason for this and it never should of happened . But the remainder of the world population was not compromised at least not on this level and there are hackers working everyday 24/7 and security must be stronger. I hope that this will not happen again but as you know it will. no one wants invasions of their privacy and we all want to keep our information secret but The P.T.B. Will use these incidents to their advantage and pry open our information which we don't want but they already have their foot in the door. I don't know what else to add but I hope this works out someway without involving T.P.T.B.

All the Best to All of you.




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