Hackers sell 272,3 million Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo mail accounts for $0.75

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Russian hackers have obtained names and passwords of 272,3 million email accounts, including those of Gmail, Outlook/Hotmail, Yahoo and Mail.ru. The latter makes up the majority of the stolen addresses with 57 million entries, according security expert Alex Holden from Hold Security.

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#2

That e-mail list without any passwords would probably be worth just a tad more than $0.75 to the spamming industry :stuck_out_tongue:

The IT-security picture of today is very complicated where, among other stuff, return traffic have added data which is veeery hard to detect. I am not sure how this guy did his stuff, but we are on the dawning of a new age… yet again.


#3

Those names and passwords were probably compiled from various malware infections, fishing scams, data breaches, etc. Many of those passwords have probably been changed, making the list obsolete. Still, as Xercus pointed out, the addresses alone are worth money to spammers.


#4

Maybe they got my e-mail address and will try and sell me a wife.:wink:


#5

The most likely use for these e-mail addresses will be to send Malware to.

For example, my spam folder in the past got multiple e-mails about replica jewellery, drugs, etc. per day.

From a quick check now, in the past 30 days (before it auto-deletes), every single e-mail claims to be a document, eFax, Amazon order, unpaid invoice, etc. all with a Zip attachment containing an infection.

In one way, it’s quite handy for giving an Internet security tool a test run in a virtual PC. Just keep importing the infections over the course of the trial period and see whether the utility catches them all. :wink:

One thing that is obvious - Gmail’s anti-virus protection is not as good as it was in the past. For example, there was a time when G-mail took great effort to stop infected executables getting through and blacklisted quite a large range of executable extensions even in Zip and RAR archives. Now, they seem to be ignoring .js and .docm extensions for delivering infected JScript and Macro-enabled documents which seems to be the main distribution method Malware spammers have turned to.


#6

[QUOTE=alan1476;2774358]Maybe they got my e-mail address and will try and sell me a wife.;)[/QUOTE]
LOL, got special needs or wants attached to that Alan? :bigsmile: