The passwords and account details of over 5 million Google users are suspected to have been leaked online.
At least 60 per cent of the compromised accounts are believed to be active, the International Business Times (IBT)has reported via RIA Novosti. The database is mainly comprised of Russian-speaking users, but some English and Spanish-speaking members are said to be on the list well.
The situation gained mainstream attention when a link to the database was shared on a section of Reddit visited by hackers and those interested in the community.
The details have the potential to be used to access Google accounts including Gmail as well as YouTube and other services owned by the tech giant.
The database, which is stored in a text file, has been uploaded to social media platform Bitcoin Security Forum, where user tvskit first pointed out the apparent leak, according to IBT.
A spokesperson from Google said of the alleged leak: “The security of our users' information is a top priority for us.
“We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that accounts may have been, we take steps to help those users secure their accounts.”
If the details did not result from a direct breach of Google’s security system, the usernames and passwords may have been taken from computers infected with malware. Google, which has over 540 million active monthly users, alerts members when there is unusual activity in their accounts, such as sign-ins or password changes from unfamiliar locations and devices.
Users concerned that their own details may be listed are advised to not used website which claim to check if accounts are compromised, as this is another gateway for cybercriminals, the IBT reported.
The apparent leak comes a day after at least six millions accounts of Russia’s internet service provided, Mail.ru, were reportedly stolen.Reuse content