More than 2 million accounts have been compromised from popular sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn after malware captured login credentials from users worldwide, according to a new report.
According to web security firm Trustwave, hackers have stolen login usernames and passwords across various sites in the past month with the help of Pony malware, a bit different than a typical breach.
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“Although these are accounts for online services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, this is not the result of any weakness in those companies networks,” said Abby Ross, a spokesperson for Trustwave. “Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolenPony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users’ computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to log into web services.” Read more…