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Yahoo Hacked, 450,000 Passwords Posted Online

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:45 AM
From CNN
Hackers posted online what they say is login information for more than 450,000 Yahoo users.

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It's another example of why you shouldn't use the same passwords for multiple sites, especially for bank websites.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,467 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
Rep Points: 124,996
1. Friday, July 13, 2012 - 11:21 AM
"[...] As it has after previous hacks, tech blog CNET broke down the list to find the most frequently used passwords. Many of them were embarrassingly easy to crack.  Sequential lists of numbers, like "12345," were used 2,295 times, and "password" was used 780 times, out of the 450,000 passwords."


pearlbrownpearlbrown1,430 posts since
Nov 2, 2010
Rep Points: 6,246
2. Friday, July 13, 2012 - 1:22 PM
This is an abomination!  I don't use Yahoo but it is sad that people don't take more of an effort to make up safer passwords.  My DD thinks I am nuts for using so many passwords but using the same one or two for everything is just like leaving your front door open in a dangerous neighborhood.  Actually dumping them on an online site is the pits!
paoli2paoli21,365 posts since
Aug 10, 2011
Rep Points: 5,982
3. Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:35 AM
Not really Yahoo

On July 11, Yahoo! learned that email addresses and passwords associated with Yahoo! Contributor Networkwere published online by a hacker group.

Yahoo! recently confirmed that an older file containing approximately 450,000 email addresses and passwords was compromised.  The compromised information was provided by writers who had joined Associated Content prior to May 2010, when it was acquired by Yahoo!.  (Associated Content is now the Yahoo! Contributor Network.)  This compromised file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo! systems and services.

We have taken swift action and have now fixed this vulnerabilitydeployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo! usersenhanced our underlying security controls and are in the process of notifying affected users.  In addition, we will continue to take significant measures to protect our users and their data.

If you joined Associated Content prior to May 2010 using your Yahoo! email address, please log in to your Yahoo! account where you may be prompted to answer a series of authentication questions to change and validate your credentials.

At Yahoo! we take security very seriously and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products.

We sincerely apologize to all affected users.
cactuscactus51 posts since
Jan 17, 2010
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