Cyber security group suggests steps to secure Google accounts after Gmail breach

A cyber security group under the Infocomm Development Authority here has given suggestions on how internet users can beef up the defence of their Google accounts, after five million Gmail accounts and passwords were reportedly leaked. -- PHOTO: BERIT
A cyber security group under the Infocomm Development Authority here has given suggestions on how internet users can beef up the defence of their Google accounts, after five million Gmail accounts and passwords were reportedly leaked. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

SINGAPORE - A cyber security group under the Infocomm Development Authority here has given suggestions on how internet users can beef up the defence of their Google accounts, after five million Gmail accounts and passwords were reportedly leaked.

Singcert, or the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team, put up an advisory on its website on Thursday, recommending that users create strong passwords, recovery options and two-factor authentication for their Google accounts, among other things.

It is not known how many people in Singapore have been affected by the incident.

Singcert noted on its website: "A list of almost 5 million Gmail accounts and passwords were posted online on Tuesday."

It added that Google has reset the affected accounts and advised those who were hit to change their passwords immediately.