Protect Your Accounts from Hackers – What You Should Know About the Russian Hacker Password Heist

IMG_6858You may have heard about the “Russian Hackers” who stole 1.2 billion “Internet Credentials” from over 420,000 web sites. Below are the facts about this evolving story, as well as, advice on protecting your website log-in information.

What You Should Know:

It has not yet been disclosed to the public which web sites were compromised.

No major e-mail providers were compromised.

The web sites compromised range of those from Fortune 500 companies to very small companies.

Many sites have been informed of their breach and are working a fix, but many sites remain vulnerable.

3 Things You Can Do Now to Protect Your Websites Accounts:

  1. Be proactive. Assume that the web sites where you have accounts have been compromised.  Change your password on those sites as soon as possible.  Best practices suggest that you change your passwords on a regular basis. Summit recommends changing passwords every month.
  2. Be cautious.  Expected an increase of scam attempts in your e-mail and social media. You will likely receive “Important and Urgent” or “Look at this!” messages from friends and family members whose social media and other accounts have been compromised. Be extra vigilant; do NOT click any links.
  3. Do Your Homework.  Do not open attachments from anyone, unless you have verified the legitimacy. (If you are not sure who sent you an email, a good old-fashioned phone call may be in order.)

Should the identified scope of this event grow and have potential impact on Summit customers, we will advise further. If you have questions, contact us. We would be happy to help.

By Jessica Tinordi,