Five million Google logins and passwords 'leaked'

ALMOST five million login and password pairs for Google accounts have been leaked to a Russian cyber security internet forum, according to reports today.

The text file containing the compromised accounts data was published late on Tuesday on the Bitcoin Security board.

It lists 4.93 million entries, although the forum administration has since purged passwords from it, leaving only the logins.

The accounts are mostly those of Google users and give access to Gmail mail service, G+ social network and other services of the US internet giant.

Forum user tvskit, claimed that 60 percent of the passwords were valid.

CNews, a popular Russian IT news website, reported some users found their own data.

Google Russia is investigating the alleged leak.

It advises customers to use strong passwords and enable two-step login verification to protect their accounts.

However, reports suggest anyone who's changed their Google/Gmail password in the last three years is likely safe from account takeover as much of the data is older than that.

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