Social Media Giant Facebook Hacked
NEW YORK – Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail has been hacked. Two million computer users have had their passwords compromised as a result of a key-logger that was installed on a number of computers worldwide. The news from Trust Wave is that all Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail users should change their passwords.
Trust Wave reportedly tracked the hack to a server in the Netherlands.
- 318,000 Facebook (FB, Fortune 500) accounts
- 70,000 Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts
- 60,000 Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) accounts
- 22,000 Twitter (TWTR) accounts
- 9,000 Odnoklassniki accounts (a Russian social network)
- 8,000 ADP (ADP, Fortune 500) accounts (ADP says it counted 2,400)
- 8,000 LinkedIn (LNKD)accounts
The issue of password security especially following the Cyber Monday and the massive amount of online sales likely made it a target for hackers.
Changing your password on a regular basis and making sure you are not choosing an easy password is a great way of protecting your online activity.
There are applications like One Password and others that put your passwords behind a vault. Many Internet users are starting to take advantage of those kinds of programs to provide greater online safety.