By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
A recent report has revealed that usernames and passwords from various social media websites were stolen as a result of a massive hack. According to Trustwave, a cybernetworking firm, the retrieval of millions of users’ information from sites such as Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail was courtesy of keylogging software unknowingly installed on users’ computers.
All hacked information was tracked back to a server in the Netherlands, according to Trustlink. Among the 93,000 websites that were compromised in the hack, the statistics included the theft of 318,000 Facebook accounts, 70,000 Google accounts (including Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts), 22,000 twitter accounts and 8,000 LinkedIn accounts.
While this information was found to have been exposed during the company’s Nov. 24 research, it is still uncertain as to whether or not the hackers logged in to these social networks with the information.
Trustwave Security Research Manager John Miller said, “We don’t have evidence they logged into these accounts, but they probably did.”