Local Experts Weigh in on Largest Known Online Security Breach

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Updated: 8/06 7:22 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Are you one out of a billion people who had their personal information stolen by a gang of Russian hackers?

That's the question everyone wants to know.

Tim Stevens, a hacking expert, says, "There will be a site set up in the future that will let you log in and see if your user accounts have been exposed and which sites have been exposed, but we don't know when that's going to be appearing."

In the meantime, experts say assume your information was stolen and change your usernames and passwords today.

Devin Cho, owner of Angry Squirrel Computers and Graphics, says, you should also buy or get free anti-virus software.

Cho adds, "There's a number of reputable ones out there, heck you can even get them for free going through your internet service providers."

Also, going to certain websites will make you a target for hackers.

Cho adds, "Any website you go to associated with key logger that will record all your key strokes, they can and will get your username and passwords."

Since it took less than 12 hackers, who are all believed to be in their 20's, to pull off this massive online data breach, residents are a bit nervous.

Cho says, "The internet is the wild, wild West out there. "

However, in this case, it doesn't appear anyone will be going to jail any time soon.

Stevens adds, "When you're crossing country lines like this, it's actually very difficult to track down these hackers and very difficult to put them in jail."
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