Russian Hackers Sweep Up 1.2 Billion Online Passwords

A computer screen shows a password attack in progress at the Norwich University computer security training program in Northfield, Vt. in 2002. (Toby Talbot/AP)

A gang of Russian hackers has gathered up what today’s New York Times is calling “the largest known collection” of stolen internet usernames and passwords. So far, the hackers have not sold much of the information.

David Gelles, reporter for The New York Times, speaks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about who this gang is and what they’ve done with this information so far.


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