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Pwned 0

This did not affect my Linux world, but you might want to change a bunchload of passwords.

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. . . .

On Nov. 24, Trustwave researchers tracked that server, located in the Netherlands. They discovered compromised credentials for 93,000 websites, including:

  • 318,000 Facebook accounts
  • 70,000 Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts
  • 60,000 Yahoo accounts
  • 22,000 Twitter accounts
  • 9,000 Odnoklassniki accounts (a Russian social network)
  • 8,000 ADP. accounts
  • 8,000 LinkedIn accounts

. . .

Facebook and Twitter told CNNMoney they have since reset passwords for all of its compromised users. Google, Yahoo, ADP and LinkedIn did not provide immediate responses for comment.

None of my passwords have been reset, and I did actually log into Facebook and Twitter yesterday because I maintain feeds for a group of which I’m a member. Windows viruses and Trojans don’t work here, just as automobiles don’t float and speedboats don’t run at Indy–two different worlds.

One of the nice things about using Linux is not worrying about viruses.

Oh, I do take precautions–I run an AV, though many experienced Linux users don’t think it’s necessary, and my firewall is locked down tight. I also don’t have to defrag, as Linux file systems handle fragmentation on their own, and I don’t have to “clean” the registry, as there is no registry–that is an affliction peculiar to Windows.

Perhaps you should join me.

Linux is not hard (it used to be, when it was young, but that was then), it’s just different.


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