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Hackers 'Compromise' 16 Million German Online Accounts

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Many of the compromised accounts have email addresses as their username, although social media users and online shopping portals were also targeted.

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Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 10:22 am
Germany’s internet security agency said millions of Germans have had their passwords and usernames for websites stolen, with many of the targeted computers likely being infected with malware.

The Federal Office for Online Security (BSI) said the 16 million compromised accounts surfaced as a result of information forwarded to it by law enforcement agencies and research institutions.

Many of the compromised accounts have email addresses as their username, although social media users and online shopping portals were also targeted.

Agency spokesman, Tim Griese, said about half the accounts have .de domain-name endings, denoting German-based accounts, and it appears the majority of users are in Germany, AP reports.

The BSI has set up a web page where users can check whether their accounts were affected, although the site crashed soon after going live.

Citing an ongoing investigation, the agency did not say when the analysis of the illegal botnets – which are used to compromise computers with malicious software and cede control to a third party – was carried out, who might be behind the attack or what triggered the probe.

German cybercrime watchdog knew of mass cyber theft

Germany's cybercrime watchdog said on Wednesday it had learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it required weeks of investigation before alerting the public, AFP reported. Cyber criminals stole email addresses and matching passwords, which could also compromise linked social media, shopping and other online services.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 10:23 am
I am very much tempted to link this to certain other occurrences lately, happening on this site as well.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 11:14 am

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:16 pm
Hm, seems nobody is interested here. What I AM INTERESTED TO KNOW, is what any NON GERMAN would get doing that test and giving a NON GERMAN E-MAIL DOMAIN !! the test is LINKED AT SITE- maybe some of you will give it a go!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:20 pm
Today we hear that over 11 million users already did the test and caused that website to temporarily break down. Over 1 million of those testers were proven infected and compromised.

cecily w (0)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:09 am
Hi, Anjgelika: I don't think it's that nobody is interested here. It's more likely that there is a sort of anxiety, even about doing a test.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:50 am
cecily, think so? ridiculous, no need at all! that is a secure website set up by our federal bureau for this specific purpose and i too already did the test as I stated above! I'm just CURIOUS how the system would react if a foreign domain would be inserted for test. It actually SHOULD react since we can CHOOSE our domains freely! I for instance caould very well have any other than .de as well and now many Germans who do!

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:52 am
Besides, Millions of germans and europeans in total have AOhelL (;-) ) domains, myself included!

Sheryl G (363)
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:25 pm
Thanks for letting others know of this.

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:19 pm
Scary, I have to e-mail my sister and let her know.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
Birgit, that is ALL OVER our news here, day in ,day out! Would be surprising if she hadn't yet heard! They also keep hinting to the website for tests. Again, I WISH some of you would also run tht test, just to see what you get.
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