Google, Facebook, payroll accounts targeted in major password theft, security experts say

Hackers using malicious software have scooped up the usernames and passwords from about 2 million accounts on some of the most popular sites in the Web, including Facebook and Google, security researchers say.

According to the researchers, from the Chicago-based firm Trustwave, hackers used a botnet called Pony to pull off the massive theft. Pony can capture passwords by tapping into users’ browers to collect login credentials that they enter on Web sites.

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