Hundreds of millions of passwords stolen from Google and Yahoo
Has YOUR account been hacked? Hundreds of millions of passwords stolen from Google and Yahoo users in major security breach
- Hack found by Alex Holden, founder of Wisconsin-based Hold Security
- Claims 272.3 million stolen accounts details are being traded in Russia
- They include details of Google, Yahoo Microsoft and Mail.ru email users
- Hackers may use passwords to access other accounts of the same user
If you have a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email account, you may want to update your password.
A new report has found that Russia’s criminal underworld is trading hundreds of millions of stolen usernames and passwords belonging to these accounts.
This is according to a Reuters investigation, which spoke to Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Wisconsin-based Hold Security.
Holden, who last year uncovered the largest data breach to date, claims that the details of 272.3 million stolen accounts are now being traded.
They include the majority of users of Mail.ru, Russia’s most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft email users.
It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major US banks and retailers two years ago.
The latest discovery came after Hold Security researchers found a young Russian hacker bragging in an online forum.
The hackers said he had collected and was ready to give away a far larger number of stolen credentials that ended up totaling 1.17 billion records.
Because he or she vacuumed up data from many sources, researchers have dubbed him ‘The Collector’.
After eliminating duplicates, Holden said, the cache contained nearly 57 million Mail.ru accounts – a big chunk of the 64 million monthly active email users Mail.ru said it had at the end of last year.
It also included tens of millions of credentials for the world’s three big email providers, Gmail,Microsoft and Yahoo, plus thousands of accounts at German and Chinese email providers.