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Five million Gmail addresses, passwords leak out
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The passwords to 432,000 email accounts were leaked earlier today. They were leaked from an older Yahoo file associated with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Yahoo claims that only about 5 percent of the accounts had valid (current) passwords.

Security company Sucuri has put together a tool to check if your email is included in the 400,000+. It also notes that you might want to check even if your account isn't at Yahoo:

[Sucuri] notes that 135,599 emails came from yahoo.com; but that a further 106,185 came from gmail.com; 54,393 from hotmail.com; 24,677 from aol.com; 8,422 from comcast.net and 6,282 msn.com.

Here's Yahoo's statement on the hack:

At Yahoo! we take security very seriously and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products. We confirm that an older file from Yahoo! Contributor Network (previously Associated Content) containing approximately 400,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was stolen yesterday,July 11. Of these, less than 5% of the Yahoo! accounts had valid passwords. We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo! users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised. We apologize to affected users. We encourage users to change their passwords on a regular basis and also familiarize themselves with our online safety tips at security.yahoo.com.



Here are the links to check your email accounts:

Sucuri Research Labs


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Posted 9/11/14
Lifehacker has more on the specific GMail leak as well as another website to check if your GMail password has been compromised:
http://lifehacker.com/5-million-gmail-passwords-leaked-check-yours-now-1632983265
http://securityalert.knowem.com/
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mdmrn wrote:

Lifehacker has more on the specific GMail leak as well as another website to check if your GMail password has been compromised:
http://lifehacker.com/5-million-gmail-passwords-leaked-check-yours-now-1632983265
http://securityalert.knowem.com/


Thanks for the follow up.
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Posted 9/11/14
Jesus, it seems like everywhere you turn now there's a security breach.
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Posted 9/11/14 , edited 9/11/14
I'm not going to check this through any third party, and I recommend you don't either.

Want to be on the safe side?
Just change your password.

I am doing so right now.
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Changeling password

This like ask to get hacked.
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There's been alot of cybercrime activity lately it seems... anyways, i'm changing my password also to be on the safe side... there's no way i'll be checking out those links as it invites to be hacked
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George_z wrote:

I'm not going to check this through any third party, and I recommend you don't either.

Want to be on the safe side?
Just change your password.

I am doing so right now.

True. To be on the safe side, it's always worth just changing your password.
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I tested both sites using a fake email, "[email protected]", Sucuri said it was safe & security alert said it might be at risk.. hmm..
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Now it's on the list.
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Personally I have found https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to be a good tool for this kind of thing as it has records of and makes searchable every big data breach that it can.
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Here's Yahoo's statement on the hack:

At Yahoo! we take security very seriously and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products. We confirm that an older file from Yahoo! Contributor Network (previously Associated Content) containing approximately 400,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was stolen yesterday,July 11.


http://news.yahoo.com/450-000-yahoo-passwords-just-got-hacked-might-155505805.html

This seems to be from a couple years ago and did not just happen.
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...Well this would explain why I got a random password reset for my soundcloud through my yahoo. Though that was an old, simple password to begin with and have changed it since then. But still, this is ridiculous for people to be pulling this crap >.>
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Thank Goodness mine are safe.
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