272.3 million is a big number and sadly it refers to the number of email accounts which have been affected by a recent data breach. The vast majority of the accounts are from Russia's Mail.ru but Yahoo accounts for 15%, Hotmail 12% and Gmail 9% of the leak. With 50 rubles and the right connections you can have the email addresses and passwords of a very large number of people. Sadly, The Inquirer also heard that this collection includes details of user accounts of US banking, manufacturing and retail companies. When you are changing your passwords today, try to avoid obvious Star Wars references.
"Reuters has the scoop, having heard from Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security – and the man who last year uncovered the largest data breach to date – that the details of 272.3 million stolen accounts are being traded."
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