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Russian hackers leaked around five million Gmail passwords

Sep 13, 2014 12:45 IST

Russian hackers on 11 September 2014 have leaked around Five millions Gmail Passwords.

The same Google account password is used across all Google products, such as Gmail, Drive, Plus, YouTube, Maps etc.

The account details have been posted on bitcoin forum btcsec.com by a user named Tvskit. Tvskit claimed that approximately 60% of the passwords are still active.

On the other hand, Google denied the claim and said that only 2% of the passwords still work. It claimed that its automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of the login attempts.

While acknowledging the leak, Google said that this is not due to a breach in its own systems.

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Some people who checked the list and found their Gmail addresses there reported that it contained an old password for them, and often a password that they had reused on multiple sites.

There’s speculation that the addresses may hay been stolen from other sites where people used their Gmail address as a log-in.

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