Google Apps in the news: Gmail Passwords Leak

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under news

gmail-logoYou may have seen in the news recently reports of a possible password leak from Gmail and Google. We recognise that this may have caused concern and alarm amongst our users and would like to reassure you that:


Gmail was *not* hacked.


Although a significant amount of valid Gmail usernames and passwords were in the ‘dump’ that was being circulated, Google have been able to confirm these were not obtained from Google, but rather as a result of people falling for ‘phish’ emails. A phish email is where you receive a fake email pretending to be from Gmail, or your bank, and asking you for a username and password.

Google take security of their services very seriously and pro-actively blocked the passwords of affected accounts and forced a password change. Also, whilst the passwords were valid, Google are confident that other measures they have would have prevented any logins by people/systems that were not authorised to use that account.

If you are concerned that your details might be amongst those that were published online, visit a site like haveibeenpwned.com. It’s run by respected security expert Troy Hunt, and can tell you not just if your email address was included in this incident, but in plenty of other password breaches that have occurred in the past.

You can read more from Google at: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/cleaning-up-after-password-dumps.html

Also, you can read University advice on how to protect yourself at: http://www.bris.ac.uk/infosec/protectyou/

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