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Large crowds on politiesite control with stolen passwords

Large crowds on politiesite control with stolen passwords

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A new site of the police, which people can check whether their passwords have been stolen, the huge interest not to.

The police are offering people since last Friday the possibility to use the internet to check their e-mail address or other login credentials in criminal hands.

There were afternoon already 166.000 people. Ever since then, that portion of the site is flat.

The police in the course of time, over 60,000 addresses collected that are encountered in investigations of cybercrime. When one’s data in that database, then allows the police the user after input of the e-mail address on the altitude and gives tips on how to act.

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According to the police is the control function “is again a step in order for citizens to reduce vulnerability against cyber crime’. The police in Germany was a few weeks ago the first that such a key is entered, after beveiligingsonderzoeker Troy Hunt earlier with the site Have I’ve been Pwned? already a similar service offered.

It is because of privacy laws the police have not allowed the people themselves to actively inform about the abuse of their address.

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Digital data such as e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords are found in investigations of cyber criminals. They obtained by breaking in to computers and websites.

According to Ron, the Mild, the director of New Media and Digital Services to the police, are that data used for scams through special computer networks known as botnets. He advises the public to regularly update passwords, to change.

The police can at the earliest next week to say how much of the controlled e-mail addresses may have been abused.

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