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By Aravind Swaminathan and Tara McGraw Swaminatha |
The New York Times reported this week that an organized Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion user name and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of thousands of websites around the world.
The article notes that the hackers used a large botnet (a group of computers that a hacker has taken control of for his or her own use) to probe websites methodically for vulnerabilities that would give the hacker access to the websites' databases containing sensitive information such as email addresses, user IDs and passwords.
Although the victims have not been identified, there are certain steps you should consider taking, all in close consultation with your experienced IT staff.
There are other steps you can take, and we encourage you to consult with your IT staff. If you have specific security concerns, or think that your system may have been compromised, please contact our Cybersecurity lawyers as soon as possible:
Aravind Swaminatham +1 206-639-9157
Tara McGraw Swaminatha +1 703-795-0385
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