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Hacker from Russia found a gap in Google and Yahoo email services

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Mail.ru has not yet confirmed that hackers have received information about 57 million service user accounts. Photo: depositphotos

Russian hackers may have carried out the biggest cyber attack, which resulted in the stolen logins and passwords of 272,3 million e-mail accounts, said Hold Security founder Alex Holden, claims.

According to Holden, the largest Mail.ru service in Russia suffered the most from data theft: hackers obtained information about 57 million user accounts.

Also, data on 40 million Yahoo accounts, 33 million Hotmail accounts (Microsoft mail service) and 24 million Gmail accounts (Google mail service) were stolen.

The American company Hold Security learned about the attack when on one of the forums company employees found messages from a “young Russian hacker” who boasted that he had collected a large amount of personal data.

The hacker reportedly requested a total of 50 rubles for the database (less than 1 dollars), and then agreed to transfer the Hold Security database in exchange for the company researching the data and posting positive feedback on it on the hacker forums.

The experts of Hold Security examined the data transferred to them and concluded that the hackers did gain access to the logins and passwords of the mail service accounts.

As reported in Mail.Ru Group, the company contacted Holden and asked for information about accounts related to the Russian service. The company claims that checking the first random sample showed the absence of passwords for active Mail.ru accounts in the database.

As soon as the company has more complete information, it will warn those users who may have suffered, added Mail.Ru Group.

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