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Over 42,000 Irish e-mails exposed in massive Russian data hack

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At least 42,000 Irish e-mails with “.ie” domains are included in a massive data breach that has seen both logins and passwords traded amongst criminals in Russia. The accounts are part of an enormous hack that includes the credentials of 272.3 million email accounts across the world.
 

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42,000 Irish e-mails with “.ie” domains are included in a massive data breach

 
The breach was uncovered by US information security firm Hold Security, which said it has returned the credentials to its rightful owners. Hold Security chief information security officer Alex Holden said there may be more than just the 42,000 “.ie” e-mails from Ireland.
 
“There are over 42,000 credentials from the .ie domain in the recovered data. However, please keep in mind that some of the users of popular email services (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo) may not be easy to identify by country,” Mr Holden told independent.ie.
 
The company said a large chunk of the accounts came from Russian e-mails but that there were also Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft accounts included.
 
When asked whether or not Irish accounts had been compromised Google said it is “still investigating” and had no further comment to add.
 
The credentials were recovered from what Holden said was a “kid from a small town in Russia”.
 
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