denies mass password breach; researcher stands by findings

Eric Auchard of Reuters reports:

 Russia’s top Internet company, said on Friday a sliver of its users’ email accounts was vulnerable while denying that tens of millions of other users were at risk after researchers found its data circulating among cyber criminals.


In a statement, the Moscow-based company said its own study of sample data provided by Holden had found that 99.982 percent of account credentials on the hit list were invalid. Most had incorrect passwords or used fake email addresses.But the company acknowledged that 0.018 percent of the usernames and passwords might have worked and said: “We have already notified the affected users to change their passwords.”

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