News Brief


Yahoo today said its email service had been breached in what it called a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access.” It didn’t share many details, such as how many accounts were affected. But it did say that the user names and passwords used to carry out the attack may have come from a third-party database that was compromised in a separate attack. Yahoo said it is prompting affected users to change their passwords, but today is probably as good a day as any to change yours, even if it wasn’t affected. Yahoo said it is also working with federal law enforcement to find and prosecute the attackers.




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Mergatroid69
Mergatroid69

As a forever long-time Yahoo Mail Plus customer (since 1999), I've gotten fed-up with all the issues I've had since Mayer onboard with all the changes and problems with mail. When my paying mail subscription comes up for renewal in 2 months, I'm cancelling it. I've already moved my main email back to Outlook/Hotmail which is so much better...From the mail problem to the recent virus problem on Yahoo's web pages, I never use any of Yahoo's services anymore. I access my email from there on my phone and there are problems with that too...Mayer will be out in less than a year, she's in over her head and doesn't seem to have a clue as to what she's doing...   

Re/code Reader
Re/code Reader

The article's title seems to suggest that Yahoo's systems were compromised. Though That doesn't seem to be the right interpretation of Yahoo's announcement. Though there are few details, the announcement explains that the attackers attempted to login to Yahoo Mail accounts using credentials that were probably obtained from a third-party breach. Based on this, it doesn't appear that Yahoo's mail service was breached. Instead, attackers managed to login to some Yahoo Mail users' accounts by using credentials stolen elsewhere.