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FBI Investigates Reported Theft of 1.2 Billion Passwords by Russian Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating an unprecedented theft of 1.2 billion passwords by a Russian crime ring, NBC News reports.

A security firm said it has recovered the Internet passwords and logins, which investigators say is the largest known collection of such stolen data.

The stolen information comes from 420,000 websites.

“The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous user names and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer,” agency spokesman Josh Campbell said Tuesday.

The cybercrime gang has been dubbed CyberVor.

Google Defies FBI Attempts to Gain Cell Phone Passwords

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A defiant Google earlier this year refused to unlock a suspected pimp’s cellphone, prompting a potential legal battle with the FBI that could have sweeping ramifications, the Wall Street Journal reports.

When the FBI can’t unlock cell phone information, such as texts, phone numbers and emails, it appears the agency is asking smartphone software makers for passwords, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Asking for passwords “is awfully new and aggressive,” said Paul Ohm, associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School and former federal prosecutor.

To date, there are no legal standards about obtaining passwords from phone makers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Petitions Urge Justice Dept. to Look into Bosses Who Ask for Facebook Passwords

By Brendan Sasso
The Hill

WASHINGTON –In less than a week, nearly 55,000 people have signed a petition urging the Justice Department to investigate whether employers who ask for their workers’ Facebook passwords are breaking the law.

“Employers should not be allowed to demand private social networking passwords from job applicants. This privacy violation needs to be investigated — and needs to be stopped,” the petition reads.

The petition, started by the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee, echoes a letter Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) sent to the Justice Department last month.

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