Germany confirms 18 million email accounts compromised

German authorities reveal one of the biggest data thefts. The stolen email addresses belong to major Internet companies both in Germany and abroad.

Germany confirms 18 million email accounts compromised

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany has revealed one of the biggest data thefts in the country with usernames and passwords of some 18 million email accounts stolen by hackers.

According to initial findings of the prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Verden Friday, some of the compromised accounts have been used for sending spam emails. Investigators told German press that stolen data can also be used to obtain bank details of account owners and warned Internet users to take additional security measures to prevent criminals using their data while shopping online.

This is the second major data theft the country faces in four months. German authorities exposed late last year a major data breach which showed that around 16 million email accounts have been compromised by hackers.

"It is suspected that these stolen records are being actively misused," said Lutz Gaebel, spokesman of the prosecutor’s office in Verden. He declined to give more information due to the ongoing investigation.

The stolen e-mail addresses belong to major Internet companies both in Germany and abroad, media reports said. Some of the compromised email accounts have international domain extensions such as ".com."

Internet portal "Spiegel Online" reported that e-mail accounts of at least three million Internet users in Germany have been compromised in the latest data breach.

The German prosecutor investigating the latest major data theft informed the country’s IT watchdog, Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), to introduce additional security measures.

The security agency developed a special database on its web-page to enable Internet users to check whether their e-mail accounts have been compromised or not.

Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2014, 15:36
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