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Post  News12 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:23 pm

Change your passwords on Yahoo and Gmail immediately and
change to a more less known email system and get off their systems.

Use them at your own risk and don't whinge when you get rolled.


YAHOO! is digging into how hackers looted nearly a half million passwords and email addresses from one of its servers.
A hacker group calling itself D33DS posted online a massive trove of data it said was unencrypted in a file pilfered from the Sunnyvale, California-based internet pioneer "as a wake-up call not as a threat".
Yahoo! confirmed that a file from its Contributor Network (formerly Associated Content) containing about 450,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was compromised on Wednesday (local time)
Security researchers who sifted through the posted data determined that it included information about accounts at other online services, including Google's web-based Gmail, AOL and Microsoft's Live.com.
"We apologise to all affected users," Yahoo! said in a prepared statement.
"We are taking immediate action by fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo! users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised."
Less than five per cent of the Yahoo! account data stolen had valid passwords, the company contended.
Affected accounts were reportedly at an internet telephone service called Yahoo! Voices, which is related to the company's instant messaging feature.
"The most alarming part to the entire story was the fact that the passwords were stored completely unencrypted and the full 400,000-plus usernames and passwords are now public," internet security firm TrustedSec said in a blog post.
The hack came a month after a disturbing rash of security breaches in which members' passwords were stolen from career-oriented social network LinkedIn as well as US dating website eHarmony and British-based music site Lastfm.com.
Security experts said in June that some 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts were posted to a Russian hacker forum.
Users of online accounts are urged by security experts and technology firms to select tough passwords and change them frequently to thwart hackers.


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Post  News12 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:26 pm

Yahoo's programmers are nubs and wouldn't have the brains to fix this their yahoo message board has
been compromised for months now and most people don't even know it.

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Post  Rumi on Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:35 pm

I read that yesterday. Good thing I don't use Yahoo. Bunch of incompetents they are
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Post  BigP on Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:15 pm

OMG!!!!!... people might get access to the hundred odd ID's Ive had blacklisted...

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Post  Marg on Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:43 pm

I have only ever had one ..I'm not going to lose any sleep over it ..what will be will be
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Post  frazz on Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:38 pm

so you are telling us to cancel yahoo and gmail accounts?

well how does one do this?

not that I want to, cos 1, don't have gmail and 2, have different cyber mates on yahoo instead of on my normal email.
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Post  News12 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:47 pm

Sorry frazz

If you have accounts on gmail or yahoo at the moment then change the password
to something strong or more complex/different to your existing one.

If you use an online email system I suggest googling them to see how good they are
and use someone less well known ie targeted by hacker groups.

Maybe a friend has a .com you are comfortable with.

If Yahoo or Gmail are compromised no one should really be doing any transactions or
personal business on them at the moment until they are properly secured.

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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:00 pm

We see no problem with the other comment
Interesting topic but up to the individual to care about internet safety or not
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Post  Marg on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:07 pm

Thank you for your patience Admin..in your opinion do you think we should be panicking about this issue ??
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Post  News12 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:09 pm

I was referring to another comment. Bad timing.

You deleted it as I posted.

Thank you.

I was saying it would be dumb to take security lightly on the internet.
It should be something everyone takes the time to implement a simple few techniques
like regularly changing passwords and especially changing them if dealing with sites
that have just been hacked. It would be dumb not to do so. Its up to each individual to
be like that too of course.

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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:25 pm

Yahoo's security measures are very lax, like their support
The server that was recently hacked stored passwords totally unencrypted.
Unimaginable for a company the size of Yahoo

Yahoo boards have repeatedly showed a lack of programming skills and security measures
Probably outsourced to a third world country
Only recently all IPs were visible to those who knew where to look

In general it is wise to change your passwords frequently to thwart hackers
Use a combination of upper case, lower case and numbers
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Post  Marg on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:34 pm

Thanks for the info Admin..I have always frequently changed my passwords for the last few years .. some of the dangerous posters in yahoo was enough to prompt me to take precautions
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