German Officials: 18 Million Emails and Passwords Stolen


Another mass hacking of private data was confirmed by German officials on Thursday, this time involving 18 million email addresses and passwords. Authorities in the northwestern city of Verden discovered the trove of information, according to the city’s public prosecutor Lutz Gaebel.

This latest case of cyber crime has come just three months after Der Spiegel reported the hacking of 16 million email addresses, a find also attributed to public attorneys in the northwestern German city of Verden. Researchers and prosecutors had stumbled upon the breached accounts while conducting research on a botnet, a network of computers infected with malware.

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