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Check your google account: a stash of roughly 5 million usernames and passwords of google accounts (including gmail, google+) are reported to have been found on a russian forum for bitcoin security before being removed.
The leak is said to follow similar ones for mail.ru and yandex, the russian email and search giants respectively.
google, however said in a written statement on its online security blog, saying that less than 2 percent of the username and password combinations might have worked, and the automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts.
The search giant has recommended users change their passwords, and also enable 2-step verification to ensure no misuse.
The google account credentials stash was posted on btsec.com by user tvskit, who claimed 60 percent of the passwords were still valid. The same bitcoin security forum has been the host of the mail.ru and yandex username and password leaks over the past few days, published in the form of text files, just like with the google leak.
The three leaks are said to contain credentials of english, russian and spanish-speaking users.
Notably, google and yandex say there is no evidence of a recent hack on their own systems, and that the credentials appear to have been collected over years through phishing and hacking attacks.
Apart from changing their passwords, users can also check if their google, mail.ru, and yandex passwords are among those leaked, with the help of a search tool. Note, the tool may be temporarily inaccessible due to high traffic.