Friday, July 13, 2012

Yahoo Hacked: 400,000 Usernames, Passwords Leaked

One of the largest websites in the United States, Yahoo Inc., reported the theft of 400,000 user names and passwords to access its own site as well as those of other companies. They claim hackers had taken advantage of the security vulnerability in its computer systems.

Company spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek did not identify the other companies whose credentials were stolen or say how many of the stolen logins were for Yahoo's sites. She said the data was included in "an older file."

"We are 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," Lengkeek said.

A group of hackers had previously posted hundreds of thousands of user accounts and passwords on a public website. The theft comes in the wake of a breach reported last month by the business networking service LinkedIn, which resulted in the release of some 6.4 million member passwords.



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