|A Milwaukee security firm has told the NY Times that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites.|
The report further reveals the lack of security for Internet users, including the US government and Internet providers collecting trillions of bytes of information from unsuspecting users daily.
While privacy rights groups in the US have expressed outrage regarding the government's surveillance programs, citizens have been more upset over the hacking of their retail information.
Some members of Congress expressed dismay that their own government hacked and spied on them.
Hackers believed to be attacking from Eastern Europe stole 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million addresses, phone numbers and other personal information last winter.
Retailers such as Target Corp. are still struggling to win back shoppers' trust.
The reported break-ins are the latest incidents to raise doubts about the security measures that both big and small companies use to protect people's information online, in addition to US government security sites.
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