The oldest account was registered in December 2007, 27 percent of compromised accounts were created in 2011, and 73 percent were at least four years or older, researchers wrote.
“We suspect that the accounts were compromised as a result of weak passwords and password re-use, where by passwords obtained from other breaches allowed attackers to gain access to these accounts,” Narang said.
There are some actions which a hacker can take that will allow him/her to be able to read your email without logging into your Gmail account.
“We estimate that each successful conversion is worth .00 per user.” Researchers noted that several of the compromised accounts were older accounts that were orphaned by their owners and had not sent new tweets in years.
These tips will be useful to all Gmail users including those without any current problems as it is always a good idea to When working online, the first thing we need to be aware of is security.
I was talking to a friend who is a self-proclaimed “hacker”, and I found our conversation to be very interesting.
The attackers often replaced the user's profile picture with that of a scantily clad woman, altered the bio to include links to adult sites, liked tweets, and followed users with the intent of luring those curious enough to investigate the recently altered profiles, the post said.
“If a user visits the compromised profile, they will see tweets that claim to offer free sign-ups to watch ‘hot shows' over webcam, or dates and sexual encounters,” researchers wrote.