Connecticut BBB Urges Consumers and Businesses to Change Passwords

Hackers Reported to Have Stolen More than One Billion User Name and Password Combinations
August 06, 2014

AlertConnecticut Better Business Bureau urges consumers and businesses to change their passwords in the wake of a report of an alleged massive international data breach.

According to the Hold Security, its Deep Web Monitoring program discovered what could be the widest-ranging global security breach in history, affecting an estimated 420 thousand websites, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small internet sites.  The New York Times reports that a second computer crime expert who reviewed the data said some large companies were aware their records were among the stolen information.

The company did not list the names of the hacked websites, however, Hold Security reports the hackers captured a staggering 1.2 billion user names and passwords, and more than 500 million email addresses.

According to its website, Hold says "As long as your data is somewhere on the World Wide Web, you may be affected by this breach.”

The statement continues “Your data … could have been stolen from the service or goods providers to whom you entrust your personal information, from your employers, even from your friends and family."

We have posted tips on how to protect your personal information in the digital world, and you will find resources to protect yourself from this and other internet and digital threats at

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