Belfast Telegraph

Thousands of Irish emails hit in global hack

By Michael Cogley

At least 42,000 Irish emails with ".ie" domains are included in a massive data breach that has seen both logins and passwords traded among criminals in Russia.

The accounts are part of an enormous hack that includes the credentials of 272.3 million email accounts across the world.

The breach was uncovered by US information security firm Hold Security, which said it has returned the credentials to its rightful owners.

Hold Security chief information security officer Alex Holden said there may be more than just the 42,000 emails addresses from Ireland.

"There are over 42,000 credentials from the .ie domain in the recovered data," Mr Holden told the Irish Independent.

"However, please keep in mind that some of the users of popular email services (ie, Gmail, Yahoo) may not be easy to identify by country," Mr Holden added.

When asked whether or not Irish accounts had been compromised, Google said it is "still investigating" and had no further comment to make.

Hold Security said that it recovered the credentials from a "kid from a small town in Russia".

The information Hold received was delivered in a 10 gigabyte file and included 917 million records that were consistent with western and corporate domains.

Irish Independent

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