Large-scale data theft fazes Finnish police

November 14, 2011

Finnish police on Monday called on users of online services to change their passwords after nearly 15,000 user names and passwords were stolen and published on the Internet.

"If I could get one message across to people, it would be to change your passwords, especially the important ones," Timo Piiroinen of the National Bureau of Investigation told AFP.

Piiroinen confirmed that the 14,600 passwords posted online late Saturday night appeared to be connected to a previous incident, in which the of nearly 16,000 Finns were hacked into and made public.

"We have been told that some match email addresses in the earlier incident," he explained.

Police are investingating the two indicents as part of a larger case of identity and data theft.

"We are treating both cases as connected," Piiroinen said.

Explore further: Are you any good at creating passwords?

Related Stories

Are you any good at creating passwords?

January 30, 2010

There's an interesting little study that's been done by security firm Imperva, which analyzed some 32 million passwords posted online in December by some enterprising hacker.

Hackers claim stealing passwords

June 2, 2011

Hackers claimed on Thursday to have stolen more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information from in the latest cyberattack on the Japanese electronics giant.

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...

Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

November 26, 2015

Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed—curly top gumweed—was ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.