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The good news, straight off the bat, is that the figure of “272.3 million stolen accounts” is some three or four times bigger than reality.
Many of the accounts were repeated several times in the database, with Holden admitting that, after de-duplication, only 57,000,000 accounts remained, plus “tens of millions of credentials” for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft accounts.
Reuters just broke a story about a password breach said to affect more than 250 million webmail accounts around the world.
The claims come from an American cyberinvestigation company that has reported on giant data breaches before: Hold Security.
Badoo is not the first dating network to land on Russia’s list of “information disseminators.” In September 2014, Roskomnadzor added “Mamba,” a “social discovery” website that Internet users outside the former USSR typically encounter by mistake, when looking for information about the fruit-flavored chews by the same name, manufactured by the Storck company.