Holden stumbled on the discovery after he saw a young Russian hacker - since nicknamed "The Collector" - bragging about the information haul in an online forum. He was asking for just 50 rubles – less than $1 – for the lot, but Holden was given the information for free after he said he'd big up the hacker online.The leak reportedly contains 40 million Yahoo Mail credentials, 33 million Hotmail credentials, and 24 million Gmail credentials. The potency of the leak is unknown, Mail.ru claims they're investigating the issue but revealed initial checks found no live combinations of usernames and passwords that match existing email accounts.
"This information is potent," Holden said. "It is floating around in the underground and this person has shown he's willing to give the data away to people who are nice to him. These credentials can be abused multiple times."
Source: The Inquirer