Ouch! Yahoo! Hacked! Mail Users Need To Reset Passwords ASAP

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News Posted: Fri, Jan 31 2014 12:08 PM
It’s becoming more tedious to be a Yahoo! Mail user these days. The Gmail-ish redesign a few months ago was supposed to bring many attractive changes to the email service, but it launched with an annoying auto-forward bug, and anecdotally, performance has been slow and buggy from what I’ve experienced. Then, there was that outage last month that left some users without service for as much as a week.

And now, Yahoo Mail has been hacked. “Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts,” wrote Yahoo’s Jay Rossiter, SVP of Platforms and Personalization Products.

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Yahoo believes that the the usernames and passwords that were used in the hack were culled from a third party and not Yahoo’s own systems, which means that Yahoo would be a victim along with those users who had their accounts compromised. It appears that the point of the attack was to grab names and email addresses of Yahoo users’ recent email recipients.

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Yahoo reset the passwords of affected users and notified (or will notify) them via email or SMS text. The company says that “We have implemented additional measures to block attacks against Yahoo’s systems” and is working with law enforcement to locate and prosecute the hackers.

Yahoo has plans to encrypt all user data by March, and that's not a moment too soon.
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ECouts replied on Fri, Jan 31 2014 1:05 PM

What they failed to mention was that the original means of hacking Yahoo was discovered weeks ago and they did nothing to try to fix it. The exploit was even listed on 1337day.com. There was an issue with not encrypting connections for Yahoo Mail users that existed for several months before they finally got around to fixing it, and it still has disconnect problems when attempting to retrieve e-mail.

The service has been in absolute disarray since their new CEO took over and decided to change everything that worked into something that doesn't. And don't even get me started on the stupid placement (or non-placement) of spam and not spam buttons.

Yahoo hasn't had user data properly protected in years! What's more is that they don't adhere to their own policies and tell you what data they've collected about you at your request. So, if anyone wants to sue them, please do and try to force them to do something right for a change.

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ECouts replied on Fri, Jan 31 2014 1:25 PM

Ah and how clueless their CEO must be to have waited this long to enact any security. Not the first time they've waited. They waited several months after they forced users to switch to the newer Yahoo Mail system to enact any sort of connection encryption scheme. Regardless of user complaints, they wanted to wait until something bad happened to do anything about it. Oh look, something happened.

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tried to reset my password for an hour today kept saying my 40 character long password needed to be longer then 6 characters...

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People still use yahoo? Why don't they just go back to AOL? Lol

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