Russian hacker gang steals 1.2B passwords

An unprecedented data heist highlights the need for stronger password security. Meanwhile, Timex creates a smartwatch that doesn't need a smartphone.

It's clear that companies do not have what it takes to keep our data safe from hackers. In today's CNET Update, learn how a team in Russia hacked 1.2 billion user credentials from 420,000 websites. First reported by The New York Times, the data heist was revealed by the Hold Security firm -- which also happens to be selling a subscription service to tell if your accounts were compromised:

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But it's not all doom and gloom. Update also gives you a roundup of recent smartwatch news:

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