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Yahoo E-Mail passwords resets after hacker attack

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Yahoo has reset the passwords of a referred to unspecified number of users after a hacker attack on its E-Mail service. This informs the company in a blog post. Therefore, Federal agencies have initiated now also investigations against those responsible.

The unknown assailant apparently possessed a list of user names and passwords. Using software, they should have tried automatically to a large number of Yahoo accounts at the same time to access. Their goal was to scout out names and E-Mail addresses of recently received messages.

The log-in data coming from a database of a third-party Yahoo according to. Yahoo's own systems had not been compromised, said the company next.

"Affected users are prompted if not already done so, via email, to change your password", writes Jay Rossiter, Senior Vice President for platforms, in the blog post. Customers who have left a mobile phone number, also received a notification via SMS. In addition, Yahoo saw more safety precautions to protect themselves in the future against such attacks.

It is the second time this year that the Internet company must give a hacker attack. At the turn of the year, cybercriminals had spread over ads on Yahoo's Web site malware. The attack began on December 27 and only stopped by Yahoo on January 3. It is estimated that up to 2 million users were affected.

[with material by Richard Nieva, News.com]

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