European Data Protection Digest

Hackers Expose Passwords of 180,000

DATA LOSS—SWEDEN

October 28, 2011

Exploiting code on nearly 60 websites, hackers have accessed and exposed the log-in credentials of about 180,000 Swedes, reports The Local. The information--including personal identity numbers in some cases--was exposed through Twitter accounts, including that of former Democrat MP William Petzäll, whose lawyer says the account was hijacked. In an e-mail to the Expressen newspaper, the hacker said he published the information to draw attention to its mismanagement, not for misuse. Experts recommend that users of Bloggtoppen.se and other infiltrated sites change their online passwords.
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