Millions of Gmail users are being advised to change their passwords after hackers have stolen and published a database containing the logins and passwords of nearly 5 Mn Google accounts.
As per reports, the data for 4.93 Mn Google accounts of English, Spanish and Russian speaking users was leaked and published on a Russian-language Bitcoin security online forum. About 60% of the accounts were active, claimed tvskit, the forum user who published the file.
The leak came into notice when a user posted a link to the log-in credentials on Reddit frequented by hackers, professional and aspiring.
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“We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords,” said Google.
“Some [credentials] have been confirmed to be three years old and some [are] suspected to be even older,” says Electronic-crime specialist Peter Kruse at CSIS Security Group in Copenhagen, Denmark.