Worst Data Breach in German History, 18 Million Email Passwords Compromised
Worst Data Breach in German History, 18 Million Email Passwords Compromised: Germany has confirmed its biggest Data theft in the country’s history with usernames and passwords of some 18 million email accounts stolen and compromised by hackers.
The Story broke by the German press, Der Spiegel on Thursday, when German Authorities revealed another mass hacking of private data belonged to German citizens and major Internet companies both in Germany and abroad.
Authorities in the northwestern city of Verden unearthed a treasure of personal information, a list of about 18 million stolen email addresses and passwords, and seized it just after only two months from the previous major data breach, when researchers came across 16 million compromised email accounts of German users while conducting research on a botnet, a network of computers infected with malware.
The accounts were compromised by hackers in the mid of January, and Der Spiegel suggests that the same group of hackers is responsible for both thefts and that they may be based in one of the Baltic countries.