Yahoo Says Email Accounts Were Compromised

World's second-largest email service says impacted users must reset passwords

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Yahoo said Thursday that some of its customers’ email accounts were compromised in a recent cyber-attack.

The Internet company did not disclose how many accounts were impacted by the security breach, but said in a blog post that its security team took “immediate action to protect our users.” Yahoo has the world’s second-largest email service after Google, the Associated Press reports, with 273 million users worldwide and 81 million in the United States. The company said affected users have been prompted to reset their passwords by email notification or text message.

The attackers likely targeted third-party databases to obtain customer usernames and passwords, Yahoo said, adding that it has “implemented additional measures” to prevent future attacks. The attack is the second problem for Yahoo mail users in as many months. In December, Yahoo mail experienced an outage that left many users without email access for days.

7 comments
WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Why did "third-party databases" have Yahoo's users unencrypted, plain-text, passwords to begin with?

HL
HL

Yahoo mail was non-functional for many users, including myself, for more than 48 hours. During that time there was no public announcement by Yahoo of the cyber-attack or resulting loss of service. Yahoo Customer Care did not respond to multiple text/email inquiries. Wait times on hotilines were several hours long. Yahoo mail users confirmed that problems were widespread on several tech blogs. The announcement by Yahoo admitting the problems came more than 24 hours after most Yahoo mail functionality was restored. This further delayed user responses to protect their own privacy.


Yahoo's actions - or inaction - around this event demonstrates a very poor attitude toward its user/customer responsibilities. This corporate failure is as troubling an issue as the privacy breach.

AmericanPrivacy
AmericanPrivacy

Americans Right to Privacy DOES NOT collect your personal information.  Did you know that Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and other service providers are scanning, analyzing and categorizing your emails every day?  As a result, these numerous providers are pleased to give you a "free" email service because they generate large revenues for themselves through the selling of your personal information to third parties!


100% Privacy guaranteed.  At www.americansrighttoprivacy.com you will remain anonymous as we DO NOT and WILL NOT copy, scan, or sell any of your content.  Our email service is 100% privacy guaranteed.  Privacy is not only a human right but also required to survive in a competitive business environment.  We are very serious about protecting your electronic communications and due to the strict restrictions of the U.S. Patriot Act for law abiding citizens, we cannot align ourselves with servers located in the United States.  Therefore, our servers are located in Switzerland where strong data privacy laws do not abide by the U.S. Patriot Act.  

mcflyer54
mcflyer54

@AmericanPrivacy  - bragging about your security only makes you a bigger target for those who want to prove that you're not as secure (or smart) as you think you are ... while I hope nothing happens we'll be watching for reports of your site security being violated.