Excerpt from a timely online security reality check
So what can be done to protect information yourself?
"Unfortunately, people have the habit of reusing their passwords for multiple different services," says Rik Ferguson, of digital security company Trend Micro.
"Many people will have to consider that these criminals have both their email address and their common password.
"Once you own someone's email account, that's really the master key to everything because you can go through the password reset process of [a number of services] and of course, they come back to that email account. It's the key to your online life."