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Hackers Release Yahoo User Info

Posted: July 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hackers Release Yahoo User Info

Hackers Release Yahoo User InfoInternet company Yahoo! says it is investigating a breach of its system which may have exposed more than 400,000 user IDs and passwords.

The company says hackers have taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems and thousands of user names and passwords to access its own site and other companies have been stolen.

A US security firm says the hacking group D33D has claimed to be behind the attack and many of the personal details have been posted online.

Yahoo! says less than five per cent of the account data stolen have valid passwords.

The company has apologised for the breach and says it is fixing the defect, changing the passwords of affected users and notifying companies whose user accounts have been compromised ::::

Hackers Release Yahoo User Data

“We apologise to all affected users,” Yahoo! said in a prepared statement.

“We are taking immediate action by fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo! users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised.”

Affected accounts were reportedly hosted at an internet telephone service called Yahoo! Voices, which is related to the company’s instant messaging feature.

“The most alarming part to the entire story was the fact that the passwords were stored completely unencrypted and the full 400,000-plus usernames and passwords are now public,” internet security firm TrustedSec said in a blog post.

The hack came a month after a disturbing rash of security breaches in which members’ passwords were stolen from career-oriented social network LinkedIn, as well as US dating website eHarmony and British-based music site Lastfm.com.

Security experts said in June that some 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts were posted to a Russian hacker forum.

Such data thefts are a bane to modern lifestyles that increasingly involve storing information and accessing services in the internet “cloud”.

Users of online accounts are urged by security experts and technology firms to select tough passwords and change them frequently to thwart hackers.


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