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TODAY   |  December 05, 2013

Social media sites hacked, information stolen

A cybersecurity firm says that roughly 2 million people had their usernames and passwords stolen from a number of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and LinkedIn. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

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>> a. major hack that hurts a lot of people.

>> a lot of us don't change our pass words. a warning to people who use the biggest social pedia sites, including facebook, change your user names and pass worsd, this after millions of names and pass passwords were stonl and sent overseas.

>> reporter: good morning, a cyber security trustway says the sign on has been harvested by hackers using fa licious programs that automatically record computer key words, to some of the most popular media sites, facebook, twitter, linked in and gmail, roughly 2 million passwords were stolen. most were overseas in the netherlands, thailand and singapore. the united states ranked 7th on the list of targeted countries. the social media sites say they have notified users and have reset log information. while 2 million users sounds like a lot. it's less than one-tenth of 1% of total subscribers. still, if yours is one of the ones targeted, that's not much comfort. trustway looked at the most common stonl pass worsd. they're not very secure t. most umpb us aed was this, 123456. others include the word password or admin and a string of six 1s.