Recently, hackers were able to breach into DigiNotar in Netherlands and they have had issued hundreds of SSL certificates for popular sites like Gmail.com, Facebook.com, Yahoo.com, etc etc. Google and Mozilla could act as fast as possible and they removed the DigiNotar from their browsers as trusted authority. Though both were quick to respond this threat but they say, there were hundreds of Gmail accounts in Iran which were compromised.
“Google’s internal systems were not compromised, we are directly contacting possibly affected users and providing similar information below because our top priority is to protect the privacy and security of our users.”
Hackers may have accessed those compromised GMail accounts but there are still few safety measures which you can do now. These suggestions are from Google for Iranian users of GMail.com
- Change your password. You may have already been asked to change your password when you signed in to your Google Account. If not, you can change it here.
- Verify your account recovery options. Secondary email addresses, phone numbers, and other information can help you regain access to your account if you lose your password. Check to be sure your recovery options are correct and up to date here.
- Check the websites and applications that are allowed to access your account, and revoke any that are unfamiliar here.
- Check your Gmail settings for suspicious forwarding addresses or delegated accounts.
- Pay careful attention to warnings that appear in your web browser and don’t click past them.