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    Sep 12, 2014

    Gmail-linked passwords leaked online

    ANOTHER online security scare has creeped up: Nearly five million passwords linked to Google Gmail accounts were leaked on a Russian online forum on Tuesday.

    The Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team, a unit of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, advised users yesterday to have a strong password and use a second security step to protect their Google accounts.

    The netizen who posted the password details claimed over 60 per cent of the passwords still worked, technology sites reported on Wednesday.

    But search giant Google, which checked the leaked passwords, reportedly said only 1 to 2 per cent of them worked.

    It secured affected accounts and asked owners to change passwords. It added that the leak was not due to a breach of Google's systems.

    One way users' passwords could have been stolen was if they reused their passwords for other sites and those sites were hacked, Google said.