Apparently, hundreds of millions of Google gmail passwords were obtained as well as other email passwords by hackers, so it might be advisable if you have one of these email accounts, to change your password. This is especially applicable for retail operators using these email accounts. This is being reported as one of the biggest cyberattacks in recent years. It was noted that a “Russian hacker” had posted this hacked information on an internet forum, however, I am skeptical about the hacker being Russian until it can be absolutely proven. Also, Alex Holden, CTO of Milwaukee-based Hold Security has come into question before. Holden’s integrity as a security researcher has been called into question for apparently exaggerating internet security threats. He’s been called a “liar and a scaremonger”.
Source: Yahoo news
Millions of Yahoo, Gmail Passwords Stolen in Cyberattack
By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times | May 4, 2016
Hundreds of millions of accounts and passwords from some of the most popular email services have been stolen and are circulating among Russian hackers.
The majority of the accounts are from Mail.ru, but many are also from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft Hotmail, according to Alex Holden, founder of Hold Security.
Holden has previously unveiled the cyberattacks on JP Morgan and Target.
This is one of the biggest cyberattacks in the past 2 years, Reuters reports.
Holden said a Russian hacker had dumped 1.17 billion records on an internet forum. After eliminating duplicates, Holden found that there was account information on 57 million of the 64 million Mail.ru accounts, and login information for tens of millions of Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft Hotmail.
“This information is potent. It is floating around in the underground and this person has shown he’s willing to give the data away to people who are nice to him,” Holden said.
Such large-scale breaches can multiply in size as the hackers use the contact list of the victims to send more phishing attacks and gain access to more accounts.
The trove of accounts included 40 million from Yahoo, 24 million from Gmail, and 33 million from Microsoft.
Many of the accounts belonged to employees at some of the biggest banking, manufacturing, and retail companies in the United States, Holden said.