Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Gmail leak: 5m compromised emails and passwords

gmail leak[News] 5 million accounts have been affected as Gmail is on the end of a massive email and password leak. On the Reddit subreddit ‘netsec’, a user has posted a link with all of the affected email names and passwords of users, many of which appear to be months and years old.

According to Freedom Hacker, the original .txt file of Gmail usernames have been posted to a Russian bitcoin forum but now Gmail users who might be concerned their password may have been included are being warned not to enter their passwords into websites to check if theirs is secure. As soon as the file was released, a large number of malicious phishing sites have popped up online offering to check whether someone’s email has been hacked by asking them to provide their address. It is still unknown who is behind this Gmail leak, but there are speculations that the data is not directly obtained from Google’s servers, but rather from other websites where this data may have been entered.

Retrieved from: Silicon Republic

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