HACKERS STEAL OVER400,000 YAHOO PASSWORDS SHARE

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HACKERS STEAL OVER
400,000 YAHOO PASSWORDS SHARE
Yahoo confirmed on Thursday that about
400,000 passwords were in fact stolen. “We
confirm that an older file from Yahoo!
Contributor Network (previously Associated
Content) containing approximately 400,000
Yahoo! and other company users names and
passwords was stolen yesterday, July 11,” the
company said in a statement to CNBC. Of the
stolen passwords, however, less than five
percent of the Yahoo accounts had valid
passwords, the company said in the statement.
The company is fixing the vulnerability and
changing passwords of affected Yahoo users.
It is also notifying companies whose accounts
may of been compromised, according to the
statement. A previously unknown hacker group
first posted online the details of 450,000 user
accounts and passwords it said it had taken
from a Yahoo server. The Ars Technica
technology news website reported that the
group, which calls itself D33DS Company,
hacked into an unidentified subdomain of
Yahoo’s [YHOO 15.7299 -0.0701 (-0.44%) ] website where they retrieved unencrypted
account details. The affected accounts
appeared to belong to a voice-over-Internet-
protocol, or VOIP, service called Yahoo Voices,
which runs on Yahoo’s instant messenger. The
Voices service is powered by Jajah, a VOIP
platform that was bought by Telefonica
Europe BV in 2010. The hackers’ website
where the original claim was made, d33ds.co,
was not available later on Thursday. It was
registered in February. Industry website CNET
reported the hackers as saying the breach was
intended as a “wake-up call and not as a threat”
and that Yahoo’s security was lax. The Voices
hack is one of several in recent months. The
business networking service LinkedIn admitted
last month that 6.4 million member passwords
had been stolen from its website.

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