[nfbmi-talk] FW: [IDevices] 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked In Latest Hack, Check If Yours Was Compromised

Fred Wurtzel f.wurtzel at att.net
Thu Sep 11 02:58:55 UTC 2014


For anyone, including NFBMI, who uses gmail, this may be a concern.  Not
sure of this, though.

Warmest Regards,


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By Ben Reid | September 11th, 2014
Despite the stringent measures being put in place by software makers far and
wide, large-scale security breaches remain a black cloud over modern
technology, and today, a Russian Bitcoin site has leaked a total of 5
million Gmail addresses and passwords. Initially, it was suspected that the
leaks were of passwords specific to the Gmail account in question, although
now, it seems that the credentials have been snatched from external websites
of users who signed up using a Google email.
Precisely how this sizeable inventory of emails and passwords has been
captured is, at this point in time, anybody's guess, although according to
information that has come to light via Reddit, it's unlikely that Google is
at fault here. It is being claimed that up to 60 percent of the leaked
emails and passwords are still valid, and may have been collected over a
number of years, but if you're a Gmail user - particularly one who uses the
same password when signing up to certain sites and services - then you
should immediately go ahead and check if you've been caught up in this
latest shitstorm.

If you're worried that your details may currently be out in the open, point
your browser over to isleaked.com and enter your email. From there, you'll
quickly be able to discover if your account is in immediate danger. The site
is a little hit-and-miss at present due to high traffic, but if you
persevere with it and try reloading every couple of minutes, you'll get
lucky eventually.
If you do find that your details are out in the open, then your next port of
call will be to change your password immediately. Given that your password
is out in the public domain, you'll certainly want to opt for something
completely different to what you had before, and also, ensure that it is as
strong as it can be. Oh, and be sure to use two-factor authentication
wherever possible.

With so many security scandals and breaches of late, one has to wonder
whether anywhere is safe from the clutches of unsuspected individuals. As
demonstrated a couple of weeks back with the leaks of ill-obtained celebrity
photos, nobody can afford to be complacent and not treat online security
with the respect and concern it so desperately warrants.
We'll keep you updated on any further developments relating to this Gmail
leak en masse, so stay tuned!
(Source: Reddit) (via: TheDailyDot)

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