ALERT: FTC Advises You To Change Your Passwords After Russian Hack Job

Published on August 9, 2014

You’ve now been warned.  You will save yourself a lot of time and stress if you take simple steps to secure your privacy…well…at least from the Russians who might steal your identity.

– The Washington Times

After a ring of Russian hackers obtained 1.2 billion user names and passwords this week, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers to be vigilant with their online accounts, The Hill reported.

In a blog post, Maneesha Mithal, leader of the agency’s privacy and identity protection division, urged users to update passwords for bank accounts, email addresses and other online accounts containing private information.

“By taking theses steps, you can lessen the odds scammers will get a hold of your information, and also minimize the consequences if they do,” Ms. Mithal said.