Warning: Over 20,000 Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo Email Accounts Hacked!

A major email security scam has taken place today where hackers compromised over 20,000 Gmail, AOL and Yahoo email accounts and posted the login details of them online. It is apparent that there is a phishing scheme happening where hackers are able to obtain thousands of login credentials from users of Hotmail, and now, AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Comcast and Earthlink accounts. The phishing scheme must be rather advanced as they are able to obtain the login information of over 30,000 accounts combined. Just the other day, it was found where over 10,000 Hotmail accounts were compromised and login information was posted online.

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Many of the email service providers have taken action to address this situation such as in the case of Gmail where Google is forcing password resets on all of the affected accounts.

Precautionary Tip: Users of the other services should reset their password regardless to ensure that their account is not used by an attacker or that they do not become a victim of identity theft.

We cannot stress it enough; the best thing to do in situations like these is to reset your password. In addition, it is recommended that you avoid using the same password for multiple web sites or online applications.

When was the last time you changed the password to your web-based email account? Will you be taking action to change it now after reading about this incident?

2 Comments

  • Graeme Stagg says:

    Thank you because I have become a victim of this scam on my gmail account so I will follow your advice.

  • John Trujillo says:

    I am one of the victims whose business email has been compromised. This began three or 4 days ago and I relayed the bogus emails to AOL for advice and action on how to address. In both instances I had no response. I changed my email password two days ago and yesterday another bogus email went out under my name/email to members of my "contact" list, several of which I have had no contact with in over a year — why is this still happening even after I changes my password?

    It was not until yesterday evening that I went on line to AOL Tech Support and spoke with a representative who informed me about the breech and work in progress to repair damage. My question is still, why weren’t I and countless other AOL account holders advised of the breech and associated risks? I want answers and will cancel my account if there is no direct response on status by AOL.

    John

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