Millions of Gmail accounts hit the black market; is your email safe?
posted by Stephen S. / May 04, 2016, 3:59 PM
All told, some 272.3 million email accounts have been compromised.
The good news, at least for many of us, is that the biggest fraction of those stolen accounts are for Russia's Mail.ru service. But while those make up the single-largest contribution to this collection, there are plenty of other big-name email providers involved here, and the presence of those accounts might be a lot more concerning to you.
Around 24 million Gmail accounts have been implicated in this breach, as well as 12 million Microsoft accounts and 40 million Yahoo Mail accounts.
We haven't yet seen any way to verify if your email address is among those exposed here, but if you're feeling concerned, there's no reason why you can't take action for yourself. Beyond changing your password (which you should probably be doing regularly anyway), it's as good a time as any to set up two-factor authentication, adding an extra layer of protection to your account. Get on top of things now and you can do you part to stay ahead of the next breach.
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Good luck Andriod brahs.
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:13 PM 3
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So IOS users don't use Yahoo and GMail? As I recall Yahoo was one of the first to help Apple boost the iPhone. Anyways. Why do people use Yahoo Mail? It is the most virus ridden, hack-able email on the planet. In our office we have banned the use of Yahoo on our computers on the network. any business that would use a free email service for business email, I would NEVER do business with. Especially since you can register a domain for less than $5.00 a month and you can bounce email off of it. But seeing GMail and Microsoft getting hacked too, means this thing is very serious. I use free email to filter junk. If I go to a site and I have to register an email and I know I will get spam, I use my GMail or MSN address. When I check them I know I can delete everything. I only have a Gmail because using Android requires it. But no one should ever have anything important coming to these free options. But YOU act liek no one email has ever been hacked before and somehow this is an Android issue? Gmail existed before Android. Dummy! Oh wait you know this already. You're just doing your typical trolling quotas for today.
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:20 PM 23
Look... I understand you're passionate about your views. But you would get a lot more people to see your perspective if you didn't type such long posts. It causes a lot of people to skip past them. You need to practice compacting information and getting your point across in a smaller space. Unless you're actually telling a story, that's a rule of communication in general. Just trying to help out, no ill intentions.
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:26 PM 30
Gmail existed before Android, but Android devices with Google Play Services are linked to Gmail addresses. Therefore, it's safe to assume that Android devices are susceptible because of this link. I'm only speculating.
posted on May 04, 2016, 5:29 PM 4
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iCloud mail has not been hacked. If you're in email business, you might be right not to do business with someone that has a free mail account, but if you do just about everything else, what you have said it's a clear sign of lack of professionalism.
posted on May 05, 2016, 12:00 AM 0
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What does this have to do with Android anyways?
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:30 PM 5
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Android has device manager. All I need is a gmail, and then hit reset device. Boom your device is wiped. Change your password and good luck getting back in without a lockout period of 24hrs into your device.
posted on May 05, 2016, 7:01 AM 0
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Allow me to refresh your memory... Icloud hack!! Or maybe your memory is selective?
posted on May 04, 2016, 7:45 PM 3
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I used to be a Hotmail user until I got my first... iPhone. The Gmail integration was much better than Hotmail at the time so I switched. Glad to hear iOS users don't use Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook, Yahoo.
posted on May 04, 2016, 11:43 PM 0
Turn on 2 step authentication. It'll be fine.
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:32 PM 8
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Curious that they have Gmail in the headline when it's not only them and they aren't even the one with the largest amount of affected accounts.
posted on May 04, 2016, 4:59 PM 2
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Because it directly links into their PHONE. This is PHONE arena. Hence why they would care first and foremost about the larger phone base. Since people can wipe an android device remotely using android device manager, then make people suffer from 24hr lockout period, used to be 72hrs. It can be a real pain.
posted on May 05, 2016, 7:02 AM 0
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