The media is buzzing about the new bad boy, Mr. Grey. And this time it has nothing to do with the infamous novel, "50 Shades of Grey" by E.L. James. This Mr. Grey is one of the world's top hackers, and he's finally been caught by the FBI.
According to documents recently made public by a court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Grey is responsible for stealing approximately 1.2 billion login credentials. This includes logins for users of Facebook and Twitter.
Mr. Grey was first identified by the Milwaukee-based security firm, Hold Security, back in 2014. The company was able to identify this cyberpredator due to information it obtained when it caught the Russian hacker group, CyberVor. This hacker group stole data from over 20,000 websites worldwide.
Of its findings, Hold Security explained, "The CyberVor gang amassed over 4.5 billion records, mostly consisting of stolen credentials. 1.2 billion of these credentials appear to be unique, belonging to over half a billion email addresses. To get such an impressive number of credentials, the CyberVors robbed over 420,000 Web and FTP sites."
With further investigation, the FBI also found a list of domain names Mr. Grey likely sent spam to. Alex Holden, the chief information security officer at Hold Security, suspects that Mr. Grey also had access to large amounts of data that was stolen by using viruses and malware.
So far, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI, have refused to comment on the breach. Facebook and Twitter, have also kept quiet on the subject. This demonstrates how threats to cybersecurity are a continuously growing concern for Internet users, and businesses.
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