A Russian criminal network would have stolen 1,200 million combinations of names and passwords and more than 500 million e-mail addresses, according to The New York Times. This would be the biggest theft of data users.
The records were discovered by the US company Hold Security, which did not disclose the names of the victims, citing confidentiality agreements and the reluctance of reputable companies affected, whose websites were vulnerable.
“Hackers did not just target US companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites,” said Alex Holden, Founder and Director of Hold Security.
After a public inquiry, the company will work with the security forces to channel a research by legal means.