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Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

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272 million unencrypted unique usernames and passwords obtained by Hold Security

If you rely on Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo, you may want to take a minute now and change the password. Hold Security has acquired a list of 272 million login credentials spread across all three providers, as well as Russian company Mail.ru.
You can read it here http://www.alphr.com/security/100337...rce=newsletter

Basically, change your passwords asap, and try and do so on a regular periodic basis.
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Old 07.05.2016, 09:43
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You can read it here http://www.alphr.com/security/100337...rce=newsletter

Basically, change your passwords asap, and try and do so on a regular periodic basis.
Meh. 3 days old news, Dog, you're slowing down. You working these days or something?

Initial reviews of the data showed that a lot of these are duplicate accounts with different passwords, which implies to me that this information came from other websites that were breached (e.g. it's not necessarily your email password that was stolen, but maybe your EF password, which is associated with a particular email address). Therefore, changing your password on your mail provider may not be required, depending on whether you re-use passwords or not.

Nor is changing your password frequently always the best idea: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archiv...ng_passwo.html
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Old 07.05.2016, 10:03
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Meh. 3 days old news, Dog, you're slowing down. You working these days or something?

Initial reviews of the data showed that a lot of these are duplicate accounts with different passwords, which implies to me that this information came from other websites that were breached (e.g. it's not necessarily your email password that was stolen, but maybe your EF password, which is associated with a particular email address). Therefore, changing your password on your mail provider may not be required, depending on whether you re-use passwords or not.

Nor is changing your password frequently always the best idea: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archiv...ng_passwo.html
3 days old or not, it's still relevant and I doubt many people know about it. It's good to change your password at least every couple/few months as there are often cases (my dad once being a case in point) where people with low account security who use the same password for aeons have been compromised and don't even realise it. You also get people who use the same usernames and passwords for multiple websites, so if it's compromised once and they have your email address you can then potentially get access to a lot of stuff.

Better safe than sorry in these instances either way.
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

I guess google/gmail would have told its users if they thought it was gmail broken into.
Even my kids know that they shall never reuse their email password anywhere else.
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Even my kids know that they shall never reuse their email password anywhere else.
Your kids are likely more IT literate than the vast majority of the older generations.
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

Also a good idea to enable 2-factor authentication. You can find out which sites/services support it here:
https://twofactorauth.org/

As for an app, I recommend using Authy, which also comes as a Google Chrome app. Google authenticator is also a good option.
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

Ta muchly for the warning, went and changed mine
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

Don't know if this will help anyone, but I always use passwords that need the shift key for some characters, because I was told by an IT guru that key readers can't recognise this. Doubt that's still the case, but it's worked until now.
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

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3 days old or not, it's still relevant and I doubt many people know about it.
Well, but by now it's pretty much established that nothing was really hacked... 98% of accounts were crap and nobody will go through the effort to find out which the other 2% are.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016...a-is-98-bogus/
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

Is anyone else using BigT1T$123 or can I have that one?
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Don't know if this will help anyone, but I always use passwords that need the shift key for some characters, because I was told by an IT guru that key readers can't recognise this. Doubt that's still the case, but it's worked until now.
Your "guru"... isn't.

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Is anyone else using BigT1T$123 or can I have that one?
It's cool, we can share.
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Re: Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail hacked, change passwords asap

Just use password1 , like everybody else.

People who buy the lists of accounts from the h@xors will see password1 and assume you are a fool and your account is not worth looking at.
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