272 million Mail.ru, Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail accounts poached in Russia
We’re in the age of big data breaches and we’re used to them. Target, T-Mobile and now, a bunch of email accounts.
A Russian hacker was said to have been able to rack up the names and credentials of more than 272 million email accounts and would be willing to give it all away to those wanted them for just 50 roubles. That’s about $1.
Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, informed Reuters about the trove. He said that the hacker was prepared to give away a far bigger cache of 1.17 billion credentials. But of the 272 million that Holden was able to get — by promising the hacker praise in other hacker forums — and accounting for duplicates, here’s how it breaks down between the major email service providers:
- 57 million Mail.ru accounts
- 40 million Yahoo Mail accounts
- 33 million Hotmail/Outlook accounts
- 24 million Gmail accounts
Hundreds of thousands of account credentials at German and Chinese email providers were also found. Holden said that thousands of listed accounts looked to belong to some of the major U.S. financial, industrial and retail employers.
In a statement, Mail.ru said that it’s in the process of checking through the list and warning affected, actively used accounts — the site serves 64 million active users monthly. A Microsoft representative said that Hotmail/Outlook has security measures in place to notify users of possible account compromise. Google and Yahoo both did not respond to Reuters‘s requests for comment.
Given that essential mobile services need email accounts and passwords for access, you might want to be safe and change things up today.