Gmail Security Breach – First Hotmail now Google
First Hotmail, now Google has confirmed that its own email system Gmail has been targeted as part of an “industry-wide phishing scheme”.
It is believed that up to 30,000 accounts have been breached, with passwords and log-in details appearing online.
Google have responded “We recently became aware of an industry-wide phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including Gmail accounts,” said a Google spokesperson.
“As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts. We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them.”
The phishing attack is not a direct on attack on specifically Gmail or Hotmail, the attack is however, luring unaware account users into revealing passwords to emails, bank accounts and other sensitive information.
The phishing attack has now been very much recognised by the entire online industry and heavyweight players such as Google and Hotmail are reacting, by safeguard their users’ accounts.
Both spokesman from Microsoft and Google are advising users that fear their accounts have been breached to change all personal log-in details.
Watch this space for further industry feedback and announcements.