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Yahoo e-mail Account Passwords Stolen

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posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 03:23 AM
I did a search but didn't see this come up. I think it needs to be shared to give everyone a "heads-up"!

NEW YORK (AP) — Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday.

"It's an old trend, but it's much more exaggerated now because the programs the bad guys use are much more sophisticated now," says Avivah Litan, a security analyst at the technology research firm Gartner. "We're clearly under attack."

Yahoo Inc. said in a blog post on its breach that "The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts' most recent sent emails."

That could mean hackers were looking for additional email addresses to send spam or scam messages. By grabbing real names from those sent folders, hackers could try to make bogus messages appear more legitimate to recipients.

Here we go again! Our personal information stolen by hackers. No one is safe anymore it seems!

Yahoo! says the danger that comes from hackers getting your e-mail password is that many people use the same one for most all of their other accounts; banking, shopping, etc.

If the hackers can get your e-mail address and password, they can send you a message that looks like it is from a legitimate site that you have shopped before, then when you click on a link in that message... BOOM... they can get into your computer and have all your personal information!

Here are some helpful tips everyone should follow:

I don't click on links in ANY e-mail unless it is from a family member sharing pictures, or something.
And when I pay for any on-line shopping, I use Pay Pal or Alert Pay. That way my bank information isn't on any of the store computer data bases.

Just be safe with how you give out your personal information online, and NEVER trust a link in a message unless you KNOW who the sender is.

If you can't get a pay pal account, or an account at one of your choice, be sure when you go to pay for your purchase on an online store, there is a "lock" showing in the address bar. This shows it is a secure site. Otherwise, your banking information can be grabbed while in transit to the store you're paying by hackers.

Change your password on a monthly basis, if not more often.

Be safe... and smart!

I hope the information I've shared has helped someone to avoid becoming a victim of the useless pieces of trash out there that prey on those who actually work for what they earn.

I'm going right now (as soon as I leave ATS) to change my e-mail passwords!!

edit on 2/1/2014 by sled735 because: add comment

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 03:33 AM
reply to post by sled735

Thanks for that. I got a shock the other day when I put in a password and the credit check guy I was dealing with said my password, which I didn't think he could see as it was encrypted..

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 03:43 AM
And this wouldn't be the first time they were hacked either.I've given up on yahoo at least 3 years ago after repeated account hacks.They are a poorly secured site,IMO.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 03:56 AM
The hackers need to wade through 32 pages of porn spam in mine.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 04:13 AM
reply to post by TDawg61

Yes, I agree. I think I'll just stop using them all together.

I do have g-mail, but they aren't much better. I don't think any place is safe anymore. Pity!

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 04:36 AM
reply to post by sled735

Thanks for the heads-up; just changed my passwords. Tbh, yahoo and google bug me with their constant requests to enter p/words and the way they require numbers, upper and lower-case characters. If I wanted to leave a blank field for an e-mail account p/word, it'd be my business.

What would be good is being able to see the IPs when someone tries to hack an account. I had a short period (last year) when two accounts were simultaneously attacked and would have loved to see the location of who was doing it.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 04:43 AM
reply to post by sled735

Thank you for the "heads up" and the tips!
I need to go change mine too!!

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 05:08 AM
Yahoo is in bad with the NSA anyways, better close your account forever

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 06:10 AM

The hackers need to wade through 32 pages of porn spam in mine.

While hackers on mine end saw nothing but 4000 pages of nothing spam.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 06:47 AM
So let's do some simple math.

70,000,000 divided by 14,000 equals 5,000...only 5,000.

It would take 1 person to gather a median estimate of 14,000 accounts without the use of software. (time= >4yrs)

There are an estimated 70,000,000 user accounts.

It would take a group of only 5,000 individuals, who are ambitious, to manually gather 70,000,000 accounts.
Note manually. However, we are not speaking in terms of a manual collection process. We are talking, as the news quotes "sophisticated programs".. or whatever they said... I wasn't really reading it...

So we have a calculation. but it's missing a factor, Isn't it.
Time. But that isn't really a factor, is it.

Maybe if you want you would understand better if you read my last thread, posted on the 17th I believe. Not that I even care to promote it, as it's distasteful.
Nobody understands or listens anyways.

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posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 06:53 AM
Yahoo closed my accounts stating something about requiring a mobile phone number to use them. I never did give them one in the past year or two and they shut me out. They gave me no notice either. Those accounts if they weren't deleted, probably had thousands of spam messages.

You cannot trust messages from your friends or family either. I've had relatives computers get infected with them being unaware. I got strange messages with nothing in the message except a link probably to activate a virus or malware. If in doubt, call someone. In all cases my relatives, not just one relative, said they did not send me any message. At least they did not intentionally send me a message. Their infected pc apparently did. If their pc was infected, it could have sent messages to everyone on their email list stating important message from your friend or relative, click here for details. Boom, your pc is infected after you click the link.
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posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 07:09 AM
reply to post by sled735

Who uses yahoo any more?

I have had 2 yahoo accounts over the years. Neither of them lasted more than a year without becoming comprimised. Something is wrong inside of yahoo, I think. In any event, that is the second to last email service i would use (behind Hotmail)

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 08:45 AM
reply to post by sled735

It's a good thing I don't shop or bank on-line. I prefer to do things in person, just doing that can keep someone employed. And it gets me out of the house.

Of course, that doesn't mean my data is all safe. If someone wanted to steal my identity, it could be done. Of course, with my credit score, they would probably be helping me. LOL I haven't had a credit card in almost thirty years.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 08:52 AM
Well, the last laptop I purchased had the "finger print" scanner, you could go to your favorite sites
and use your finger print as your password... I only tried it once... eh...

I guess Retina Scans for all, are next.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 11:51 AM
I deleted my Yahoo account after getting hacked.

It sent out spam messages to everyone I had ever emailed, one being an ex gf that I wasn't talking to because she was crazy, not cool.

That was the last straw.

Now I am on hotmail, no issues so far.

All of them are windows to NSA I'm sure.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 12:08 PM
I have got like 20 yahoo mail accounts, haven't noticed anything suspicious on any of them so far.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 12:18 PM
Great, and the last time I tried to change my Yahoo PW, it gave me so much hell that I gave up trying.
Has anyone heard of Mail2World? I used to use them when I was a teen, and with all the hacking BS going on now, I'm considering opening an account with them again. Any way to find out who the company may be associated with/in cahoots with before I do? All I know about it, thanks to google, is that it's out of California.

posted on Feb, 1 2014 @ 03:44 PM
reply to post by Nyiah

I haven't heard of that one.

Does anyone know a safe e-mail service to use? One that wouldn't be quite as popular as Yahoo! and Google?
I think the more popular ones are the ones that the hackers will use the most.

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