- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

After a ring of Russian hackers obtained 1.2 billion user names and passwords this week, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers to be vigilant with their online accounts, The Hill reported.

In a blog post, Maneesha Mithal, leader of the agency’s privacy and identity protection division, urged users to update passwords for bank accounts, email addresses and other online accounts containing private information.

“By taking theses steps, you can lessen the odds scammers will get a hold of your information, and also minimize the consequences if they do,” Ms. Mithal said.