Nearly 5 million Google users are named in a recent hack that appears to have originated in Russia

Hackers appear to have dumped nearly 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords to a Russian bitcoin forum. Word first spread of the still-unconfirmed hack when a user posted a link to the log-in credentials in a security-centric corner of Reddit frequented by hackers, professional and aspiring.

The database (which CCAS will not link to) contains 4.93 million Google accounts belonging to English-, Russian- and Spanish-speaking users. Posts on the Russian-language bitcoin security forum asserted that more than 60 percent of the identities in question were still in use and could be accessed immediately.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) users concerned that their own identity might be listed among the stolen usernames are advised to avoid typing their username and password into any website that claims to check if that name has been compromised. Cybercriminals frequently use this kind of method, known as a “honeypot,” to steal even more identities. A number of sites have already appeared to distribute phishing messages under the guise of offering help.

Users can rest easier, though, if they simply change their password and turn on two-factor authentication, a minor extra log-in step that security experts have long advised users to employ to protect themselves. Google Russia is investigating the leak !


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