5M Gmail accounts, passwords leaked online

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MANILA, Philippines–Nearly five million Gmail accounts and passwords obtained from multiple breaches on websites have been leaked in an online forum, an executive of a computer data security firm said Wednesday.

The addresses and passwords have been posted on a Russian website btsec.com by a certain “tvskit” which claimed that 60 percent of the leaked data were valid.

Peter Kruse, the chief technology officer of CSIS Security Group, said that “a great amount of the leaked data is legitimate” even as it said the leaked data was old.

Kruse added that the compromised data was not sourced from Google.

The security group  added that the compromised passwords do not correspond to Gmail accounts but are passwords used in other websites with Gmail addresses as the user name.

According to an article from technology website PC World, a Google representative said that the Internet giant has “no evidence that our systems have been compromised.”

Users can input their Gmail account and password at isleaked.com to see if their account has been compromised, according to PC World.


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