Could it be time to update your Gmail password? It's been reported that hackers have stolen and published the logins and passwords of nearly 5 million Google accounts. Scott Drake explains the security breach.
A user who goes by "tvskit" posted an archive file on a Bitcoin forum. The claim is that at least 60% of the compromised accounts are believed to be active. Most of the accounts are apparently Russian, although there are apparently accounts whose users speak English and Spanish.
Google is encouraging users not to panic about the leak. "We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords." One writer suggests that two-factor authentication is a good idea to strengthen the safety of one’s gmail account.
The password leak is a helpful reminder that security is important and that there are always people working to steal passwords.