Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords
Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2:19 PM EDT | Raphael Satter

Posted on 07/12/2012 2:40:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.

The company said in a statement that an "old file" from the Yahoo Contributor Network was compromised Wednesday. Among the stolen emails and passwords were many from Yahoo's own email service along with those of other companies. The Yahoo Contributor Network is a content-sharing platform.

Yahoo said it is fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure, changing the passwords of affected Yahoo users, and notifying other companies whose users' accounts may have been compromised.

"We apologize to all affected users," the company statement said. …

(Excerpt) Read more at customwire.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hacking; passwords; privacy; stolenpasswords; yahoo; yahooaccounts; yahooemail

1 posted on 07/12/2012 2:40:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

Expect phishing attacks asking you to change your Yahoo password.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 2:56:27 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai
Data mining theft by Russian mafia. They're compiling a huge cybercrime data base of user names, accounts and logins.

One morning we'll wake up and find out what they're doing with all the seemingly useless data they've stolen.

And all the so-called experts will say “We never saw this coming.”

3 posted on 07/12/2012 2:57:06 PM PDT by mojito
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

Got off Yahoo a long time ago. Exactly for this reason.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 3:07:19 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mojito
Yep, just like the Huế cabbies.
5 posted on 07/12/2012 3:14:20 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

This should effect all AT&T accounts since they use Yahoo for their email management


6 posted on 07/12/2012 3:34:58 PM PDT by Dacula
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai
The group was quoted as saying it had stolen the unencrypted passwords using an SQL injection - the name given to a commonly used attack in which hackers use rogue commands to extract data from vulnerable websites.

Unencrypted passwords? A site that lets external SQL commands through unfiltered? Who the hell do these yahoos have in charge of security? (I'd say a monkey, but I think a monkey would do a better job.)

7 posted on 07/13/2012 12:17:19 PM PDT by Capn Freedom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Capn Freedom

Who the hell do these yahoos have in charge of security?
Sorry, but that redundancy made me laugh. Guess this is what they get for cooperating with the Chicoms, eh.
8 posted on 07/13/2012 12:30:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson