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Yahoo reports breach of some email accounts
cnbc.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Karma Allen

Posted on 01/30/2014 4:23:29 PM PST by John W

Edited 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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: email; hacked; yahoo

1 posted on 01/30/2014 4:23:29 PM PST by John W
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To: John W

It was probably the NSA.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 4:25:09 PM PST by virgil
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To: John W
impacted accounts

Whatever happened to the word, "affected"?

3 posted on 01/30/2014 4:25:42 PM PST by Salvey
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To: virgil; Salvey

Yahoo did not notify me, but thanks to FR mine are changed.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 4:27:17 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Salvey

Whatever happened to the word, “affected”?

It was impacted.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 4:27:30 PM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: John W

they’re reporting it now, but when did it happen?


6 posted on 01/30/2014 4:28:52 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

They did not say how long they had known about it.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 4:36:41 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

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 !!!


8 posted on 01/30/2014 4:40:09 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: nuconvert

“they’re 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.


9 posted on 01/30/2014 4:45:11 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Grampa Dave

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!


10 posted on 01/30/2014 5:18:11 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Grampa Dave

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.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 5:19:19 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: virgil

Politically corect reference is now “third party database” :-)


12 posted on 01/30/2014 5:20:41 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: virgil

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”?


13 posted on 01/30/2014 5:21:15 PM PST by GotMojo
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To: John W

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.


14 posted on 01/30/2014 5:40:43 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: John W

I bet it was our government. Same people who did Target and Neiman Marcus.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 5:43:00 PM PST by uncitizen (Obama said 'period', but he meant 'asterisk'.)
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To: uncitizen

Prime suspect.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 5:47:25 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

I have had the same email address since the 90’s, I guess I should change my password


17 posted on 01/30/2014 6:08:55 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: John W

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.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 6:33:50 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli

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.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 6:39:36 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

Bttt.


20 posted on 01/30/2014 6:40:51 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Salvey
Yeah, I thought the verb impact referred to what a planet-killing meteor did—deeply—when it collided with the Earth.
21 posted on 01/30/2014 7:00:24 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
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.

Same with my mother, age 93. She didn't fall for it either but it pisses me off all the same, picking on the elderly is despicable.

22 posted on 01/30/2014 7:03:29 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Grampa Dave
send the money by Western Union

That's a HUGE tip-off.

Con artists usually don't want their victims to use the US Postal Service or a bank wire. That (especially with the Postal service) can be classified as a federal crime. And that means a federal investigation. Con artists don't want that, so they use Western Union and the like.

23 posted on 01/30/2014 7:32:13 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: John W

Are you saying that SBC Global is part of Yahoo, or the other way around???


24 posted on 01/30/2014 8:58:25 PM PST by Wuli
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To: John W

I reset my password for the 2nd time in the last 6 months.


25 posted on 01/30/2014 9:05:56 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Wuli

AT&T and Yahoo! merged in 2003, creating AT&T Yahoo!. This merger provided users with AT&T Internet service, including SBCglobal users, with access to all services that Yahoo! offers their members, such as Yahoo! email, chat rooms and instant messenger. My home page, where I can also access my email via web mail, is att.net powered by Yahoo!


26 posted on 01/30/2014 11:37:06 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

I remember when the previous so-named AT&T mangled their Internet offering by not being committed to either a really good ATT.NET or to a really good other outfit it had bought - named Excite, and wound up showing that their lack of commitment to just one or the other made for a mangaled and mismanaged Internet identity.

The current so-named AT&T seems to be repeating the earlier one’s Internet identity and management errors. Maybe some of the same execs came over from the older one.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 11:54:54 PM PST by Wuli
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“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.”

About 3 years ago, I went to get my wooly locks sheared, and I was telling the lady doing my hair about these scams and in particular those scamming grandparents.

The owner of the shop had walked in and told me to come to the Western Union shop in their mall. She said that a grandmother was there trying to send money to the LA area to rescue her grandson from the evil LA cops.

I got the poor grandmother to calm down, and a lady cop arrived. The lady cop convinced the grandmother it was a scam. They contacted the LA Leos and apparently got the bastards trying to scam the local grandmother.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 8:29:16 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: rfreedom4u

“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.”

BOL! That is so funny.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 8:31:03 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Wuli

“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.”

The most creative one I got, happened 3 summers ago.

A fly fishing buddy is a fairly big name in certain flyfishing circles. He and his wife went to Scotland for a tournament. He had told many of us on his list about the trip to Scotland and a short layover in London on the way back.

Several of us got a panic email supposedly from him, that he and his wife had been viciously mugged in the famous London park. She was in a hospital, and he need thousands of $’s to pay for her hospital bill and their hotel bill.

The famous hotel supposedly had their passports and wouldn’t release them until they paid their bills. So he needed money for the hotel bill.

The email had a lot of personal data like first names, the trip to Scotland and other data they had gotten from his hacked email acct. Basically, everyone on his mailing list got the same email.

I played along with them and promised a Western Union cash.

They got all excited until I informed them that a Scottish cousin, a former SOS/MI6 guy with his Gurka buddy would hand deliver the money, when the emailers identified themselves to him outside the American Embassy.

All emails from them stopped at that point.

My friend contacted the London Police and was told that they couldn’t/wouldn’t do anything because no real crime was committed. He got a similar response from Scotland Yard.

Our Scottish friends, later, said that these scams bought a lot of money into London during a recession. So, there was no urgency/need on the London leos to find the guilty guys.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 8:51:02 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Good for your Grandmother.


31 posted on 01/31/2014 8:51:23 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: John W

Below is a severe warning by Comcast re not using Yahoo/ATT/SBC email system. This just came up a few minutes ago.

comcast.net Toolbar
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Warning!

Warning! Warning!

This site is rated potentially unsafe by CA Website Inspector.

You have been redirected to this page as a service of Comcast High-Speed Internet, which includes Xfinity.com Toolbar. CA Website Inspector, a critically acclaimed, industry-leading website verification service, has restricted access to the site us-mg204.mail.yahoo.com for your protection.

Accessing this site could put you at risk for identity theft or other financial fraud.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 4:44:57 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! ObamaCare will fail 24/7/365!)
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