Date
18 December 2017
Nearly five million Gmail accounts have been hacked and user names and passwords have been posted on a Russian website. Photo: Bloomberg
Nearly five million Gmail accounts have been hacked and user names and passwords have been posted on a Russian website. Photo: Bloomberg

Massive Gmail leak exposes millions of passwords

Millions of Gmail users are being told to change their passwords after a database with user names and passwords was hacked and posted on a Russian website, Mail Online reported Thursday.

Hackers revealed nearly five million Gmail account details and passwords on Bitcoin Security, a popular Russian website devoted to cryptocurrency.

The massive leak surfaced after a user posted a link to a website frequented by hackers.

The text file was published on Bitcoin Tuesday night by a user called tvskit, according to C News, a Russian news outlet.

The person who leaked the details said the account holders were English, Russian, and Spanish and 60 percent of the accounts were active.

The passwords give access to Gmail and other Google services such as Drive and the mobile payment system Google Wallet.

Svetlana Anurova, a Google representative said Google is aware of the security breach and has advised users to change passwords.

They also advise users to enable a 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.

A Google spokesman confirmed to The Next Web that many of the passwords in question were likely taken from a website other than Google, the report said.

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