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Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 07:40 PM

A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users.

 

After eliminating duplicates, Holden said he found 57 million Mail.ru accounts, which is an enormous number compared to the 64 million monthly users the service said it had late last year. The database includes tens of millions of credentials from Gmail (24 million), Microsoft (33 million), and Yahoo (40 million), and hundreds of thousands of accounts from German and Chinese email providers.

 

Thousands of stolen credentials belong to employees of some of the largest U.S. banks, manufacturing and retail companies, the firm revealed.

 

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 08:58 AM

Is there any way yet to know if one's own details are amongst those lists? When these sort of things occur it would be useful for people to be able to know if they are affected. Is there any report yet of the form
"Only :
yahoo/
microsoft/
gmail/
...
users who were:
infected by .../
using ...as a password/
logged in on date .../
from the country .../
using passwords with no numbers in them/
...
have had their details caught up in this"?

Edited by rp88, 07 May 2016 - 08:59 AM.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 02:57 PM

There was another article that suggested the hack was not as bad as first published. Google and Yahoo checked the passwords against the accounts and they did not match.

 

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/05/the-massive-password-breach-that-wasnt-google-says-data-is-98-bogus/



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Posted 09 May 2016 - 04:46 PM

If i was a cynical sort I might wonder if the rumor was intended to get a bunch of people on infected computers to change their passwords.






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