5 million Gmail account passwords leaked, but you can check your account here
Nearly five million Gmail account usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum. Though the forum administrators have pulled out the passwords from the list and most of the credentials are quite old, it may still affect at large as more than half of the record is claimed to have valid passwords.
According to a report by The Next Web, the text file that contains leaked Google account information is mainly related to English, Spanish and Russian accounts. The text file also contains thousands of user credentials for Russian search engine Yandex. The publisher, named tvskit, who posted the file on the forum claims that over 60 percent of the passwords are valid and are accessible.
While the leak seems to be accurate, Google does not believe any sort of security breach at its end. On the leaked information, a Google spokesperson assures the news source by saying, “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.”
If you want to trace out whether your account credentials also leaked, you can visit isleaked.com and input email address. However, we are not authenticating this way and would rather suggest you to replace your password with a strong combination to be on a safer side.
As Google added two-step verification on its Gmail service in past, we recommend our readers to enable the new verification to protect their accounts.