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Massive Russian hack has researchers scratching their heads

Martyn Williams | Aug. 7, 2014
Don't worry, you're not the only one with more questions than answers about the 1.2 billion user credentials amassed by Russian hackers.

Experts said the passwords were likely hashed, a process used by most websites these days. But there are several methods of doing that, and the older "MD5" method, for example, is more vulnerable than a more modern method called "salting," said Wisniewski.

For now, researchers are left guessing and reading between the lines because Hold Security has not released more information.

"It will be interesting to see if public opinion pressures them," said Wisniewski.


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