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2 million passwords were stolen from the internet recently. 2 million passwords were stolen from the internet recently.
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Passwords for some of the most popular internet sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Google have been stolen and apparently leaked on the internet. 

SpiderLabs says it uncovered the passwords during its latest internet sweep for the "Pony Botnet Controller," a malware-spreading set of programs. What this basically means is that the passwords were not leaked by Facebook or the other companies, but from thousands of computers infected with the malware. 

SpiderLabs says the attack has spread around the world, but it is unknown whether the passwords are current or out-dated. 

In case you think you're password is really clever, you might want to think again. Spiderlabs says many of the passwords were "fairly simple." In fact, "123456" was the most popular password with is occurring 15,820 times. (Number 2 was "123456789"). You might think this is a bummer for your Facebook account, but authorities are more concerned about the passwords you may have used for you bank account. 

Facebook and Twitter, among other big companies, practice "two-factor authentication," which requires a password from you phone as well as your standard login. Check the settings of all your major internet services. 

And the simple fix? Change your password today!

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