“We can’t confirm that it is indeed as much as 60 percent, but a great amount of the leaked data is legitimate,” said Peter Kruse, the chief technology officer of CSIS Security Group.
GOOGLE SAYS NO SECURITY BREACH:Google, on its part, believes that the usernames and passwords didn’t come from a security breach of its system. That means, the credentials had been stolen by phishing campaigns and unauthorized access to user accounts.
“It’s important to note that in this case and in others, the leaked usernames and passwords were not the result of a breach of Google systems,” Google, which operates Gmail email service, explained in a post on its online security blog. “Often, these credentials are obtained through a combination of other sources.”
“We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.”CHECK IF YOU ARE AFFECTED: A website called isleaked.com allows users to check if their email address is among those leaked. People who are concerned about the security of their account are advised to go ahead and change their password.DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE LIST OF HACKED GMAIL ACCOUNTS WITHOUT PASSWORDS. CLICK HEREBest way to prevent hacks of your Gmail account is to enable the 2-way security system. Please change your Gmail password and enable your 2-way verification today.