Search giant Google faced a major cyber attack after about five million Gmail user accounts and their passwords, mostly of Russia-based users, were reportedly leaked online.
According to the reports, 4.93 million Gmail usernames and their passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin security forum by hackers late Tuesday. Reports said that the hackers leaked the text file having details of the database of all the Google accounts and uploaded it to social media platform Bitcoin Security Forum.
The first user to spot the leak is named tvskit, At least 60 percent of the leaked user accounts are said to be active.
Tech experts said that the leaked user account details could not only provide access to Gmail but also to other Google services.
“Experts now understand what happened in the case. We urge users to select strong passwords and be sure to use a two-step authentication,” Svetlana Anurova, a spokesperson for the Russian office of Google, was quoted as saying by the Russia-based CNews.
Meanwhile, there was no official response from Google over the leak.
According to TIME, Google has said that it has no evidence that its systems have been compromised.
“The security of our users’ information is a top priority for us. Whenever it is alerted that accounts may have been compromised, we take steps to help those users secure their accounts,” Google was quoted by the TIME.
The Russian news service RIA Novosti said that recently another Russia-based email service provider had to face a large hack when its several million account details were also posted in a Bitcoin security forum.