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Russian Hackers Said to Loot 1.2 Billion Internet Records

The biggest challenge for the gang of hackers in Russia said to have amassed 1.2 billion sets of user names and passwords, wasn’t actually stealing them. It’s putting that data to use.

The pilfered records, associated with about 500 million unique e-mail addresses, were discovered by Hold Security LLC, a Milwaukee-based company that sells information-security and risk-management services. The findings were based on seven months of research, though the company didn’t give a time period for the theft or name any websites that were hacked.