Hackers access 16 million email accounts

Millions of Germans have had their passwords and usernames for websites stolen, the country’s Federal Office for Online Security (BSI) revealed on Tuesday.

The BSI said 16 million accounts containing passwords and email addresses had been compromised, according to information passed to it by law enforcement agencies and research institutions.

Authorities have set up a website where internet users can check if they have been affected, but the site crashed soon after it went up on Tuesday.

Read more on The Local (De).

Note: The Inquirer reports that the login credentials come from online stores. The BSI message can be found here (in German).

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