Yahoo Mail Hacked, User Passwords Stolen

After major e-mail woes in December, Yahoo is now getting hit with another massive problem. Yahoo Mail has been hacked. Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of Platforms and Personalization Products at Yahoo, confirmed the hack on the firmEUs Tumblr blog.

EUSecurity attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence. Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts,EU he said. EUUpon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.EU

Based on YahooEUs current findings, Rossiter said the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise.

What Is Yahoo Doing?

EUWe have no evidence that they were obtained directly from YahooEUs systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts,EU Rossiter said. EUThe information sought in the attack seems to be names and e-mail addresses from the affected accountsEU most recent sent e-mails.EU

Rossiter then outlined what Yahoo is doing to protect Mail users. First, the company is resetting passwords on impacted accounts and using second sign-in verification to allow users to re-secure their accounts. Rossiter said impacted users will be prompted to change their passwords and may receive an e-mail notification or an SMS text if they have added a mobile number to their accounts.

Yahoo is also working with federal law enforcement to find and prosecute the perpetrators responsible for this attack. He said the company has implemented additional measures to block attacks against YahooEUs systems.

Keeping E-mail Accounts Secure

EUIn addition to adopting better password practices by changing your password regularly and using different variations of symbols and characters, users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services,EU Rossiter said. EUUsing the same...

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