German officials confirm 18 million emails and passwords stolen

DW reports that there’s been another large data theft reported in Germany:

Another mass hacking of private data was confirmed by German officials on Thursday, this time involving 18 million email addresses and passwords. Authorities in the northwestern city of Verden discovered the trove of information, according to the city’s public prosecutor Lutz Gaebel.

Unidentified individuals had used the email passwords for other purposes, such as making online purchases, in cases where users had used the same password for more than one account, Gaebel said on Thursday. The Verden public prosecutor also warned that the information was believed to still be in active use.

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