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The Switchboard: Over a billion Internet passwords are in the hands of Russian cybercriminals

No, this is not what hacking really looks like. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from The Switch team.

Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords. Nicole Perloth and David Gillesat the New York Times report that security researchers claim Russian cybercriminals have "amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million e-mail addresses." As Kashmir Hill at Forbes points out, the company behind the research will let you know if your site has been affected -- for a fee. 

In light of recent cyber security breaches, here are the best ways to protect your passwords. (Sarah Parnass and Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)

Obama strikes a populist tone on net neutrality. Addressing African leaders at a summit yesterday, President Obama appeared to come out against paid prioritization for content, Brian Fung reports.  "The remarks also seem to contrast with the FCC's current proposal on net neutrality, which would tacitly allow for such commercial deals so long as the agency didn't consider them 'commercially unreasonable.'" short of data on $619 billion worth of grants and awards. "Launched in December 2007, was meant as a way of tapping modern technology to hand the American public the means to track what the federal government spends," writes the Switch's Nancy Scola. "But a new report from the Government Accountability Office found that, in 2012 at least, more than $619 billion in federal awards that should be accounted for on the site weren't."

How car rationing in Beijing could help Uber’s new nonprofit ride-sharing service take offUber recently announced it is launching a trial service in Beijing that connects people for ridesharing -- without the company taking a cut. And Beijings restrictions on new car license plates and its use of road rationing could help the service catch on.

Visit the Wrong Web site, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer. Kevin Poulsen at Wired reports on new court documents that reveal how the FBI has been experimenting with drive-by hacks to track down users or criminal Web sites trying to hide their traffic with the anonymous browsing tool Tor.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.



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