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national lead

December 5th, 2013
05:22 PM ET

Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook accounts hacked, expert says infrastructure is 'inherently insecure'

(CNN) - Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

The security breach is a symptom of a much bigger problem that the world is facing, says Shawn Henry, former executive director of the FBI, where he oversaw computer crime investigations. Henry is currently president of Crowd Strike, a security technology organization that helps companies protect sensitive information.

The hackers didn't breach Google, Yahoo, or Facebook servers, but personal home computers.

"It appears that these are home computers that were compromised by this malicious software. They implemented keystroke loggers, so everything that somebody typed into their computer was captured by these adversaries. User names and passwords for those accounts," said Henry.

"We store and transmit data electronically. We don't keep it in file cabinets anymore. It's done electronically in an infrastructure that is inherently insecure," says Henry.

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world lead

December 5th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

(CNN) - Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.

Mandela was 95.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," the president said in his late-night address. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."


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