272 MILLION. E-MAIL ACCOUNTS HAcked from Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft

272 million. e-mail accounts from the major services like Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft (Hotmail) has been hacked and handed over by a Russian hacker.
There is a strong likelihood that you either created an e-mail account with Google’s Gmail, Microsoft Outlook (formerly Hotmail) or Yahoo mail service.
Therefore, you should now be extra aware of suspicious activity, for it has just come to light, that there has been a hole in the security of these three services, as well as the most used Russian mail service, mail.ru. It writes Reuters.
The renowned security researcher Alex Holden, from security firm Team Security is put on the trail of a huge amount of hacked names and passwords from email accounts from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft Mail.ru comprising 272.3 million overall. Accounts. It is almost twice the number of affected accounts, which were hacked, as over 150 million. Adobe-accounts was hacked a year and a half ago.
The hacked content consists of many duplicates, which means that the scattered content consists of 57 million. accounts from Mail.ru (out of 64 million monthly active users last year, equivalent to 21% of the hacked content), while there would be 40 million. hacked Yahoo accounts (15%), 33 million. Microsoft Hotmail accounts (12%) and 24 million. Gmail accounts (9%).
The remaining content was supposed to be from, among other things. German and Chinese e-mail service providers and, in particular, have hit some of the biggest u.s. banks and manufacturing companies, according to security researcher.
Alex Holden has come into possession of the contents, after he came across a young, Russian hacker on a hackingforum, which boasted its dividend. The attacker was so willing to give up to 1.17 billion. Registrations, it sounds.
Everything there was about was a few words of praise from security researcher in the secret forum, after the attacker had originally called for under $ 1 to disclose it.
The Russian mail service is of Reuters been made aware of data leak and says that it “is now to check whether some combinations of user names/passwords will match the user’s emails and still active”, after which there will be issued a warning to users, if that turns out to be a real threat.
A threat believes Alex Holden certainly there is talk about: “This information is significant. It is flourishing around below the surface, and this person has shown that he is willing to give the data away for people who are friendly towards him. These user information can be misused many times “, according to him.
Whether it is a case that will affect you or not, you should always ensure, among other things, your mail accounts with step verification, so that a login that does not come from your own devices, must be confirmed with a PIN code sent to your smartphone. You can read more about step verification here(Gmail), here (Yahoo) and here (Microsoft).

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