Nearly 5 Million Gmail passwords have been leaked, here's how to check yours

By Justin Kahn ยท 17 replies
Sep 10, 2014
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  1. Almost 5 million Gmail passwords have been leaked according to The Daily Dot. It appears the list of leaked passwords were posted onto to a Russian Bitcoin forum.

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  2. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Maniac Posts: 150   +118

    ...and if it's not leaked already, you just gave it out. Congratulations!
    Wendig0, Auth3ntic0, SalaSSin and 3 others like this.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    There is a reddit thread about this with a list of all the emails with passwords redacted in this most recent "leak" that is hosted on mega. It is a 29MB 7z file with a 107MB txt file (lol) compressed in it. it might take longer to check, but if you want to go that route:

    edit: Holy crap that thread got completely nuked, without it actually being out right deleted... I still have the mega link and it is still live but now I'm wary of posting it lol.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,714   +3,695

    Only the email address is given for verification. It is your password that is in question.
    aMerkuri likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Wow! My account was leaked. It gave the first two letters of my password, one that I changed almost 2 years ago, which should tell you just how old that crap mining is.
    Wendig0 and SalaSSin like this.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    This isn't the first time for GMAIL to have this problem.
  7. It is not a problem with Gmail. The problems is other website not being secure and leaking your password and people using the same password for other services like Gmail in this case.
  8. Levi Sterling

    Levi Sterling TS Booster Posts: 80   +26

    I have the current file from mega, its 151 megs, effing huge I know. I have made a thread on my facebook for friends and family to message me and I can check theirs manually. its a pain in the *** so I linked to this here. if people want me to check manually I can be talked into it. but its a pain and I dont like doing it unless I know you and like you
  9. Well... checked my gmail and it was in the leaked list, but the password it showed, I changed it 3 yrs ago so the DB is old...
  10. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I checked. Out of date and I've stepped up my security measures since. Still this is good to be aware of because I'm sure we all know at least one person with bad password habits.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,714   +3,695

    If I needed a strong password, I wouldn't be using a weak password. eBay is a site I've quit logging into because they forced a password reset. Since then I've had to change email addresses, because of changing ISP's. I doubt I will ever use eBay again, because if I can't login to my old account, I will not make a new one.
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +168

    Not leaked. I feel left out.
  13. ChosenoftheMoon

    ChosenoftheMoon TS Rookie

    Actually, when stuff like that happens, google notifies you of someone trying to log in from another location. My gmail account had several attempts due to my nick similar in several languages, I was notified then and changed my pass.

    But the most security to a mail, you can give, is .... not letting any important personal information in it.
  14. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +19

    Leaked but with very old password
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +901

    So much of this.
  16. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 355   +203

    Yes, but what Satish Mallya ment is that spammers probably got an active email adress now. Recently, I didn't have any spam on my main gmail account until I signed up for TD Canada to setup PayPal to buy some shoes in NB One of those institutions sold me out to spammers, cause I live in Europe, but getting offers of cheap canadian V-I-A-G-R-A.
    Satish Mallya likes this.
  17. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +901

    I can't recall the last time I actually saw spam on my gmail inbox.

    It's there, on it's spam folder, and it doenst bother me, check it every other week in case something was wrongly filtered but it works really well.

    Unless you are one of those who by simply seeing a number on their spam folder they'll go nuts above and beyond to delete it.
  18. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 355   +203

    Yes, I'm exactly this kind of person. It drives me nuts after 6 years of empty spam folder. How dare they, spineless scums! My Pennis is fine, and according to scientific data, within median, slightly above average. ;-)

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