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Tokyo company uncovers 2.7bn stolen passwords worldwide

Emails at small businesses hacked and sold on darknet, Soliton finds

The personal data was stolen from more than 3,000 websites. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- A Tokyo information security company that uncovered billions of leaked personal details online earlier this year has confirmed even more, highlighting the ever-growing challenge of safeguarding data.

Soliton Systems said it found 2.7 billion matching pairs of email addresses and passwords originating worldwide. Of the total, 20 million were related to Japan. The company said smaller businesses with inadequate security are frequent targets for information theft, putting customer accounts at risk.

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