BitDefender experiment: Spied out social network accounts provide access to mailboxes Holzwickede, August 04, 2010 many users of popular social media platforms to negligently using your access data. BitDefender Antivirus expert reached this result after a week-long experiment. Therefore 75% of randomly selected users use the same password with which they protect their E-Mail account: a mistake, just waiting for the data thieves. The protection of private data is still secondary for many Internet users. BitDefender came within a week to more than 250,000 E-Mail addresses, passwords and user names, and that very easily via online search in search engines, blog posts, on torrent sites etc. A random check of this list also showed that 87% of the unprotected accounts are still valid and can be hacked with the appropriate credentials.
Internet security for many user secondarily it is scary. that we could find such amount of sensitive data with just a few entries and clicks in search engines and other Web platforms”, commented Sabina Datcu, BitDefender E-threat analyst and author of the experiment. Due to the alarming results of this trial users should be aware that the safe use of a password, an email address or a social network account is as important as a door lock in the own House.” The impact of these vulnerabilities can be devastating, ranging from data theft via email account hacking to targeted spam, including highly dangerous malware propagation. The scenarios are versatile”adds Datcu. Imagine, someone used your own social media account to publish pornographic material.
Or someone hacking an email account and uses the identity of the respective users to send e-mail or to spy on private data. All this and more is possible and happens in the meantime every minute around the world.” BitDefender assured that no private information and user data, which were collected in the course of the experiment, were against the will of the persons concerned or for further use. More information about the experiment on. Learn more about BitDefender and anti virus programs of the manufacturer under:. About BitDefender BitDefender is software developer, one of the industry’s fastest and most efficient product lines internationally certified security software. Since the founding of the company in 2001, BitDefender has set new standards in the field of proactive protection against threats from the Internet. Every day, BitDefender protects tens of millions of private and business customers around the world and gives them the good feeling that your digital life is safe. BitDefender sells its security solutions in more than 100 countries through a global VAD and reseller network. More detailed information about BitDefender and BitDefender products are available in the press centre online. In addition, offers BitDefender in English at background information and current news in the daily fight against threats from the Internet. Press contact: BitDefender GmbH Robert-Bosch-str. 2 D-59439 Holzwickede contact person: Hans-Peter Lange PR Manager Tel.: + 49 (0) 2301 9184-330 fax: + 49 (0) 2301 9184-499 email: PR Agency: Sprengel & Partner GmbH nesting first race 3 D-56472 Nisterau contact: Fabian Sprengel Tel.: + 49 (0) 2661 91260-0 E-Mail: