Skip to comments.Yahoo reports breach of some email accounts
Posted on 01/30/2014 4:23:29 PM PST by John WEdited on 01/30/2014 4:25:28 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Yahoo reported on Thursday that some of its users' e-mail accounts may have been targeted in a security breach of a third-party database.
"Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts," the company said in a blog post on its Tumblr site. "Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts."
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It was probably the NSA.
Whatever happened to the word, "affected"?
Yahoo did not notify me, but thanks to FR mine are changed.
Whatever happened to the word, “affected”?
It was impacted.
they’re reporting it now, but when did it happen?
They did not say how long they had known about it.
People MUST learn that absolutely NOTHING is private anymore. Every form of communication can and is being compromised.
Yeah, cell-phone-libs, because you voted for it !!!
“theyre reporting it now, but when did it happen?”
It started about 5 years ago.
We started getting so called help emails from the hackers pretending to be friends.
The hackers cooked up some wild scene, and the friends needed money to help them in a bad situation in London or some other foreign city. You were supposed to send the money by Western Union.
Basically everyone we know with a Yahoo/AT&T/SBC email has been hacked.
They like to pick on grandparents with adult grandkids in college or away from home. The kids are supposedly in bad trouble or in an emergency room, and they need a couple of grand from their grandparents to save them. Again send money by Western Union.
It happened to me, I realized it when I saw that some emails could not be delivered, I knew I had not sent them! A big pain!
My Mom had one of those calls. She’s elderly and played alomg with it. What tipped her off is he called her “gran”. None in our family call her that. She reported it to the FBI and BBB.
Politically corect reference is now “third party database” :-)
mid day yesterday I tried to refresh my My Yahoo! page and was asked to log in again, then I was asked to change my password due to “irregular account activity”. The password requirements we stringent....8-32 characters, include a number, symbol etc.
Fortunately, I don’t use Yahoo mail or any other services, just the My Yahoo page.
It now looks like “irregular account activity” was misleading....why couldn’t they just say, “we’ve been hacked, help us (and yourself out), please change your password”?
I thought something was up when I started getting spam from myself. I’ve since changed my password and ran a virus scan. No infected files of mal ware.
I bet it was our government. Same people who did Target and Neiman Marcus.
I have had the same email address since the 90’s, I guess I should change my password
This is not news to me.
I have had more than person with a Yahoo account, in my contact list, whose Yahoo account was breached and all their contacts, including me, began getting lots of phishing expeditions, pretending to be them.
Its happened at least four times in the last two years, and my contact list represenets a very small insignificant subset of America.
I asked them all, each time, to end their Yahoo account and just stick with the one they get for free from their Internet service provider, which are always just as accessible from anywhere as a Yahoo, Gmail, MNBC or Aol account and they - an Internet service provider, is usually running better firewalls than the third-party outfits.
And it is very easy to NOT breach any accound limits for Email with the ISP, just by using any good client Email application on your computer that runs a POP or IMAP Email function between your PC and the ISP. Nothing needs to be left sitting on your ISP’s servers, once its brought into your PC by the software. (I use Thunderbird).
The only thing my Email accound on my ISP servers know is that I have the account. I have no personal profile or contact list or anything else set up in their web-based service for the Email. It’s all only on my PC, and Emails to me are gone from their servers as fast as my Email software polls the service, gets new Emails, brings them onto my PC and deletes the copy at the ISP. My outgoing Emails pass through the ISP but no copies ever sit on the ISP’s servers, because I don’t send them from their web-based on-line service, the client software and the ISP does it all in the background - passed through and gone.
Why people use the likes of the Yahoos, Gmails etc for Email I have never understood.
In our case the email provided by our ISP in the late 90s ended up becoming a part of Yahoo when AT&T hooked up with them. We have an sbcglobal email address.