5M Gmail accounts hacked. Change your password *now*!

 
Fidel Martinez for Fusion.net, Sept. 10, 2014:
Time to change your password again. A database containing nearly 5 million Gmail user accounts and passwords was leaked on Bitcoin Security, a popular Russian website devoted to the cryptocurrency.
The text file was published on Tuesday night by user tvskit, according to CNews, the Russian news outlet that first broke the story. The leaker claimed that the majority of the accounts belong to users who speak English, Russian, or Spanish, and that approximately 60 percent are active. The passwords not only give access to Gmail, but a slew of other Google services such as Drive and the mobile payment system Google Wallet.
Svetlana Anurova, a Google representative, told CNews that the tech giant is aware of the breach and encouraged users to select a stronger password and enable two-step verification, a security measure where users are required to provide a passcode sent to their mobile devices before any changes can be made to their account.
The Gmail leak comes on the heels of two other major security breaches leaked on the same Bitcoin forum, which targeted Russian email service prodiver Mail.ru and search engine Yandex. Those two breaches affected nearly 6 million Internet users.
Find out if your account was compromised
You can verify whether your account was affected by clicking here and entering your gmail address. It’s that simple. You can also enable Google’s 2-step verification by following the company’s easy steps.
UPDATE 3:01 PM Google issued the following statement to Fusion:
“The security of our users’ information is a top priority for us. We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that accounts may have been, we take steps to help those users secure their accounts.”

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0 responses to “5M Gmail accounts hacked. Change your password *now*!

  1. Guess people weren’t “voluntarily” forking over their mobile spy devices enough (Via the gmail pester-prompt asking for your cell phone number for “security”) so perhaps google felt the need for a “hacking” to encourage people to utilize “mobiles” for their malarkey more, under the guise of “two-step security”.
    Besides who do they think they’re fooling? Their only concern is selling data to data brokers, the furthest thing from privacy, they’re just mad because they didn’t get paid for this one. Folks should change their passwords (something that’s over 20 characters long if possible), but unless they want google poking around their mail *and* their mobile devices, then they shouldn’t go for two-step authentication involving mobile devices.
    Besides the two-step authentication also ignores the fact that mobile devices are even less secure than standing wired computers, due to the fact they are wireless. (Read: wired *to* everything capable of being wired to.) and the system that handles that traffic is far less secure than the surface operating system the end-user sees. Better to stick with an e-mail that supports encryption, or better yet, if you don’t use it for much communication, a dispostable one. (http://www.dispostable.com/)

     
  2. OMG I can’t believe this

     

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