5 Million Gmail Accounts and Passwords Leaked Online, Pakistani Accounts Included!

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Yesterday a Russian hacker claimed to have hacked at least five million Gmail accounts along with the passwords. Thing got worse when he ruthlessly posted the entire dump of data in a text file online, exposing the passwords of five million Gmail users.

This was a huge leak and alarmingly we found instances of Pakistani internet users’ IDs present in the dump as well. This is probably why the leak is very serious and that every Gmail user – from around the globe –  should be concerned about the security of his/her account.

Experts have recommended every Gmail user to immediately change their passwords, or even better – rather a must do thing – enable two step verification for your Gmail Accounts.

With two step verification enabled, users can’t log-in to their Google accounts without inputting a code that is received on their verified phone numbers. Complete process for enabling two-step verification for Google accounts is explained here.

Google said that this data wasn’t leaked through Google servers, instead the list contained information from third-party leaks and smaller hacks of non-Google websites. But since users tend to use same password for almost every website, there are chances that your leaked/hacked password might have matched with your Gmail accounts’ password.

Google has confirmed that at least 2 percent email IDs present in the leaked list from yesterday might be correct and current passwords of the accounts. Google said that it has protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Only solution is to be save from hacking:
    1. password should be atleast +9 letters including capital, small, digits and as well special characters in your password!
    2. it can also be avoided by 2-step verification!
    NOTE: keep updating your password after proper time (after 6 months must).

  • This post makes it sound like it’s Google’s mistake or their servers were hacked. That’s not the case, these passwords were stolen over a long period of time by phishing, redirecting to fake Gmail pages, etc. In the end, it’s the users’ fault, not Google’s.

  • i cant read all this i just woke up .. i am guessing i dont have to wrry because im using 2 step verification?

  • Aamir Attaa, Please share the source link from where you got this information that Pakistani accounts also included?? There is no such information available on web. Is it just your speculation?

  • I have this leaked database file in .txt file … it includes passwords also.

    But I think this is old database, because I can also see my own email id on it. :)

  • I have this file with email addresses & passwords both. I agree that my email address is also there but password is old.

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  • The title for a lay man is an understanding that the online security of @Google was breached for these leaked accounts. The case is only the private phishing and theft of these accounts. Its like you have got a safe in your bedroom with a digital lock key and its just any one in the family or house entry phished your password or pin and unlocked the safe stealing away your valuables. So you are not going to call or report the safe makers for the theft fault. #Google neither has anything to do with this leaked list nor does it care.

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