Phishing scam 'targets Gmail users'Details of Gmail, Yahoo! Mail accounts leaked
07 October 2009
BBC News claims to have seen two lists detailing over 30,000 names and passwords from email providers, including Yahoo and AOL.
Forced password resets
Google is aware of the attacks and says it has forced those affected to change their passwords.
'We recently became aware of a phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including a small number of Gmail accounts. As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts,' the company said.
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However, Google was keen to stress that the leaks aren’t the result of a security flaw. 'This is not a breach of Gmail security, but rather a scam to get users to give away their personal information to hackers who can [then] easily access and modify the affected accounts as they desire.'
It’s unclear whether the two phishing scams are linked.
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