Nearly 5 million Gmail id and passwords were posted online but Google claims that there was no sign of server breach.
Security issues are again in limelight after reports bared that over 5 million Gmail accounts together with passwords were posted in an online forum. An archive file credited to some “tvskit” posted the data on btcsec.com and claimed that more than half of them were valid.
Around 60 percent of the leaked data were confirmed to be legitimate by Peter Kruse, the chief technology officer of CSIS Security Group. However, they also added that the data is over 3 years old and didn’t come directly from Google. Rather, the security group believes that the data came from past leaks.
At least five of the accounts were confirmed as fake accounts which raise question mark on the hackers claim. Additionally, Google has mentioned, “they have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that an account has been compromised, we take steps to help our users secure their accounts.”
Looking at the recent security hack of iCloud where most of the victims were popular celebrities, it would be wise for users to try and change their passwords with stronger ones. The same practice is encouraged for users who use their emails on various sites to ensure that they don’t get into security breaches that has been trending in the recent weeks.
For people who want to check if their email address are among the leaked email addresses, they can check at isleaked.com.