Millions of Gmail accounts hit the black market; is your email safe?

Millions of Gmail accounts hit the black market; is your email safe?
Losing access to your primary email account can be one of the biggest headaches a smartphone user ever has to deal with. How many other accounts are all tied back to that same email address? And if your email is compromised, does that mean those dozens upon dozens of other accounts could all be in danger, too? Those are the grim questions millions of users are asking themselves today, as word arrives of a massive trove of stolen email accounts being passed around underground circles.

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.

source: Reuters

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33 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Good luck Andriod brahs.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Techie, people are not going to read your essay like responses. Just make your point and remember the 3 B's.

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They should put character limits on comments for his sake.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I love to read Techies essay

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You sound upset broseph. Tell us how you really feel.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

LOL, I am probably the only one who reads ur post from the top to the end. Guess that what makes us sit on the opposite side of the table every time? : )

13. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I read the first couple of sentences and then I move on.

15. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

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.

19. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Dude you're options and thoughts maybe correct, but that's no way we can read someting so long. You could become a real tech writer no joke

24. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

biased tech writer? no thanks.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I know many people that wont use gmail for business sake just on the fact it doesn't sound 'professional' same with yahoo, Hotmail etc.

4. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Android only? Give me a break. I have had a Gmail account before android was even a thought in Andy Rubins head.

5. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

What does this have to do with Android anyways?

17. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

Google owns both Android and Gmail. Android devices with Google Play Services require a Gmail address to be associated with them, much like an Apple ID.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You realize it's also affecting Hotmail and Yahoo mail users as well. And I imagine most everyone has an account with one of those three.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Why thank you for your concern. Its a tough life having a smart phone that can actually view email. You won't have to worry about this until the iPhone....20 or something?

20. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Allow me to refresh your memory... Icloud hack!! Or maybe your memory is selective?

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Guessing passwords is not a hack.

28. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I don't think this is about the email database getting hacked but some loopholes in other ways like users using the same password on their email to sign up for websites.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thanks for the heads up, PA! I have change my Microsoft, Yahoo and Gmail accounts password.

25. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

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.

6. BobLawblaw unregistered

Turn on 2 step authentication. It'll be fine.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And how do I do that

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

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