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Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked

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Hackers have stolen and published a database containing the logins and passwords of nearly 5 million Google accounts, Russian technology news source CNews.ru reported.

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosi) - Hackers have stolen and published a database containing the logins and passwords of nearly 5 million Google accounts, Russian technology news source CNews.ru reported.

According to information provided by a user of the Bitcoin Security online forum, where the database was published, over 60% of the accounts corresponding to these logins can be accessed successfully.

The database contains 4.93 million Google accounts from English, Russian and Spanish users.

The news comes just a couple days after it came to light that over 4.6 million Mail.ru accounts and over 1.25 million Yandex e-mail boxes have also been compromised; their information was also published on the Bitcoin Security forum.

The two Russian companies have said that the databases containing the compromised email accounts comprised mostly inactive and hacked accounts which had been collected over a long period of time via phishing and Trojan viruses. The internal security systems of the companies were not compromised, they said.

With nearly 11 million email logins and passwords now floating around the web, email providers have suggested that their users choose strong passwords and enable two-step verification.

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