News of a huge Gmail hack greeted readers Thursday morning, but Google says that the problem is grossly exaggerated.
Apparently hackers dropped about 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords in "a Russian Bitcoin forum" on Tuesday and around 60 percent were estimated to be active, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So that means about 3 million or so usernames and passwords are circulating around, right? However, Google said only about 2 percent of the combinations were working and the whole hullabaloo was unnecessary. From the Google Online Security Blog:
It’s important to note that in this case and in others, the leaked usernames and passwords were not the result of a breach of Google systems. Often, these credentials are obtained through a combination of other sources.