tech2 News StaffSep 12, 2014 10:50:46 IST
According to news reports, close to 4.93 million Gmail and username passwords were leaked on a Russian bitcoin forum but Google has come out and denied that such an attack took place. The news was first reported by a Russian website CNews, and later picked up media across the world.
However, according to a report on The Next Web Google says that this isn't a security breach of any sort. A Google spokesperson told the site, “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.”
The report adds that files have been removed from the forum and that an analysis of the files shows that it includes English, Spanish, and Russian accounts.
It's not clear if this leaked accounts are from phishing sites or due to a hack attack or are outdated accounts no longer in use. For those who want to know their account is in the list, they can do so here isleaked.com, however remember this stuff can later be used for spam attack.
If you are one of those people who tends to keep simple password, this might be a good time to change it. Remember, don't use personal details such as birthday's, a spouses name as your password. A hacker can easily gleam these details from another site. Click here to get tips on how to keep your passwords safe.
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