Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
12:52 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
International
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Hackers post pilfered Yahoo! passwords
Agence France Presse
The Yahoo logo is seen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this file picture taken January 7, 2008. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files)
The Yahoo logo is seen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this file picture taken January 7, 2008. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files)
A+ A-

SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! on Thursday was 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 were 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 approximately 450,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was compromised on Wednesday.

"We apologize 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 percent 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.

 
Home International
 
     
 
United States of America
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS