*Dang! Do I really have to change my password again? Just when I started to remember it without searching! But now comes news that a database containing nearly 5 million Gmail user accounts and passwords has been compromised 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 perpetrator of the leak claims that the majority of the accounts belong to English, Russian, or Spanish speaking users, and that approximately 60 percent are active.
And get this, the stolen passwords also provide them access to not only Gmail, but a slew of other Google services such as Drive and the mobile payment system Google Wallet.
Google is supposedly aware of the breach, according to Svetlana Anurova, a representative of the company. They encourage 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.
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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.”
Whew! I checked anyway. Seems I’m one of the lucky ones.