After reports that it was possible that a major worldwide organization for electronics experts was hit with a data breach
that made the login details for thousands of its members publicly available, the group confirmed the incident.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently said that reports about it suffering a massive breach of users' private login data took place, according to a report from the organization
. It is now advising all of its members to change their account passwords.
The incident involved an unencrypted list of about 100,000 users' login names and passwords, the report said. While it noted that the issue was addressed, and that no financial data was exposed, it still said that it's possible that a third party may have taken unauthorized control of some members' accounts. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the threats hackers pose to consumers and organizations, and the ways in which people can increase their password security with more complex codes that use a mix of numbers, letters and other characters.
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