Hackers they stole 26 million logins people who use platforms owned by tech giants - including Amazon, Apple and Facebook As well as important payment information, during a recent breach.
Against malware hack, notified by the cybersecurity company NordLocker, malicious agents gained access to payment figures from 3,25 million computers that they use Windows software. It was discovered after researchers located one database 1,2 terabytes filled with stolen personal information.
Among the companies whose accounts were targeted are: eBay, Instagram, Netflix, Paypal, Roblox, Steam, Twitch and Twitter. The victims' computers infected when opening email or downloading bootleg software, while malware could pull screenshots their browsing activity - including their personal login information.
According to a report released by NordLocker on 9 June, one Trojan-type malware has not yet been identified, stole files containing 26 million login credentials, between 2018 and 2020. In addition, the malware acquired control of webcams of the victims and then took screenshots while people were using their computers to steal their personal information.
It is not clear at this time whether any of this data was subsequently used to defraud or deceive its rightful owners. People who are afraid that they may have been targeted can visit haveibeenpwned and enter their details to find out.
The news of this huge hack comes at a time when cyber attacks - and ransomware in particular - are hitting large US companies.
NordLocker reported the following about the huge cache of stolen data it found: "We want to make it clear that we did not buy this database or tell others to do so. A hacking team accidentally revealed the location of the database. "
The mysterious malware that stole information from more than three million computers has not been identified, and the reasons for its existence are unknown.
NordLocker has found that the malware was distributed via email and illegal software, including bootlegged versions of Adobe Photoshop 2018 and some computer games.
The database also contains 2 billion session cookies or online footprints used by hackers to see the behaviors and habits that their targets develop on their computers.
Finally, it contains 6,6 million desktop files, including 1 million images and 650.000 Word and .pdf files.