Two lawyers on the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Listserv alerted members to a serious problem with Gmail today. This news and their advice is something I want to pass along to my readers. Email security is always imperative, especially given how often documents with sensitive information are exchanged by a lawyer and client. It is my hope that you'll be able to take the time to secure any email account that you may have with Gmail.
A hacker group out of Russia has released a text file containing the email addresses and passwords to over 5 million GMail accounts. My account was on this list with an old password that I have changed in the last year or two and that thankfully I no longer use for anything. There are ways to check if your account was affected, but that would require downloading a rather large text file and searching it. It's safer to simply assume that your email account has been compromised and to change your GMail password now, as well as on any other sites for which you use the same password. There's no word on how the passwords were obtained unfortunately. That's still being looked into. This information brought to you by Kenneth R. Burger, Law Offices of John Danielski, P.C., 20600 Eureka Road, Suite 444, Taylor, MI 48180
Scott Bassett, a frequent guest author on this Blog about computer technology issues adds this valuable advice: