- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Millions of Gmail addresses and passwords were leaked online — but Google company officials are saying not to worry.

The danger has been exaggerated, they said, NBC News reported.

“We found that less than 2 percent of the username and password combinations might have worked and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts,” Google wrote in a blog post.

Google also said that the “dump” of email addresses and passwords didn’t come from a Gmail leak, but rather from “other sources” that hacked other sites and slowly collected the data over a period of time, NBC News reported.

The company also said those affected by the hack should have been contacted already and advised to switch passwords.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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