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Another Mega-Breach: 33M Russian Instant Messenger Accounts Stolen

Data dump; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials

It’s becoming ordinary to hear that millions of some website’s accounts have been stolen.

The latest victim is QIP, a Russian instant messenger service, which had more than 33 million accounts stolen between 2009 and 2011, according to cybersecurity firm Heroic.

The post states the breach included email addresses, usernames and passwords, the latter of which were stored in plain text without any encryption or hashing. And it turns out the No. 1 passwordused 607,156 timeswas 123456.

Earlier this week, data breach monitoring service LeakedSource verified almost 100 million stolen accounts from the Russian website and email service Rambler.

sector

Web Services

reported

September 9, 2016

reported by

Securityweek

number affected

33 million

location of breach

Russia

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

2009

date breach detected

Unknown