Throughout Germany, close to 16 million emails, usernames, and passwords might have been compromised, based on a statement on Tuesday from the country’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
The discovery occurred via an investigation of botnets – collections of malicious software that an attacker may use to carry out projects like collecting user details or sending spam.
Since an investigation is ongoing, the office hasn’t unveiled any extra details about who has been accountable, or how long the attack has been operational.
The BSI has put up a website where individuals can verify that their email accounts have already been affected. Worried internet users can submit email addresses, after which they’ll be given a four-digit PIN number. If the email address may be compromised, the user will receive an e-mail which has a matching PIN number.
Even though the office lists all 16 million emails, German law states that it can’t get hold of these users directly without explicit permission. They have supposedly crashed at least once since being online, possibly because of tremendous demand.
The office has recommended individuals with affected email addresses to change their passwords to “social networking sites, online shops, email accounts and other online services” and run a scan using a Anti virus, you can follow ZeroSecurity’s removal guide here: http://zerosecurity.org/malwarebytes-anti-malware-removing-malware