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Hackers snag 2 million website passwords

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Updated: 12/05/2013 8:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hackers have stolen nearly 2 million usernames and passwords from thousands of sites. A cyber security firm called Trustwave said the massive breach reached 93,000 sites.

Ready for their next attack is how computer technician Russell Pope describes hackers.

"We see it quite a bit. Probably 60 percent of our business is related to viruses and hacking," said Pope.

Just this week, crooks got ahold of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail user names and passwords.

"People are now targeting these bigger websites to gather much more information but much quicker," said Pope.

A cyber security firm called Trustwave said the massive breach reached 93,000 sites.

Action News talked to frequent users like Jeremy Lauron.

"There's really important information that I have in my email, so is my bank account and stuff like that and I don't want to be. I just don't want to be a victim," said Lauron.

Pope said it's good to use different passwords and user names for each account.

Hackers use a key-logging software to capture common passwords.

"That's how the virus normally gets in. They use loopholes exploits and gain access to your computer," said Pope.

The No. 1 prevention tip he suggests is frequently running antivirus software.

"Make sure your antivirus is up to date and current, updates on your computer sometimes you see java and flash updates, when you see them pop up make sure you do them," said Pope.

Pope said there's no way to protect yourself 100 percent, but warns you to take precautions.

"Once they get it don't use any personal and credit card websites, banking websites," said Pope.
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