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Net breach an opportunity to improve password practices

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Password breachOK, now it's really time to change your password.

With news that as many as 1.2 billion user names and password combinations had been stolen, security experts are urging consumers to be more vigilant online.

A Russian cybergang injected malicious code into at least 420,000 websites to gather the data. The attack "looks absolutely enormous," said Geoff Webb, senior director of security and strategy at NetIQ, a computer security company based in Houston. "It's yet another example showing that there's lot of work to be done in making the Web-based applications that people use secure."

Russian gang stole 1.2 billion passwords.

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