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Google responds to security breach that sent 4 million passwords onto the web

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

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A couple of weeks after a suspected iCloud leak left a number of famous people literally spread all over the internet, Apple's rival Google has endured its own security threat. Millions of username and password details were leaked onto the internet via a Russian based bitcoin forum, although it is not known how the details were leaked.

It was reported that 4 million different username/password combinations were posted and Google has responded to the attack. Mountain View says that none of its system security was breached, which leaves the question where did all the data come from? That remains unanswered, but Google did say that only 2% of the 4 million username/password combinations would have worked. Although, it is worth noting that 2% of 4 million is 80,000, so that is no small number. However, there were no breaches and the people who may have been affected were promptly warned the search giant said.

"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. 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. Often, these credentials are obtained through a combination of other sources."

Google is saying that the details must have been sourced from outside the company, before going on to warn people to properly protect their information.

"A few final tips: Make sure you're using a strong password unique to Google. Update your recovery options so we can reach you by phone or email if you get locked out of your account. And consider 2-step verification, which adds an extra layer of security to your account."

source: Google

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