Yahoo Mail hit by hackers, passwords reset

yahoo mail hit by hackers password

Yahoo said Thursday it had discovered what it described as a “coordinated effort” by hackers to gain access to a number of Yahoo Mail accounts.

In a ‘security update’ message posted on its Tumblr page, Yahoo’s Jay Rossiter declined to say precisely how many accounts had been compromised, but said it had taken “immediate” action and contacted affected users, prompting them to reset their passwords.

There are known to be some 273 million Yahoo Mail accounts globally, with around 81 million based in the US.

Rossiter said a list of usernames and passwords used in the attack “was likely collected from a third-party database compromise” and that there was currently no evidence that personal data had been taken directly from any of Yahoo’s own servers. Of course, this begs the question: From which third-party database was the information pulled? If Yahoo knows, it didn’t want to say.

Describing its investigation as “ongoing,” Rossiter said the company had so far discovered that “malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts.”

Yahoo said that besides contacting those affected, it had already reset passwords on impacted accounts and was using second sign-in verification to enable users to choose a new password. It added that it’s now working with federal law enforcement in an effort to find those responsible, and had implemented “additional measures” in an effort to prevent future attacks on its systems.

The last few months have seen a number of high profile cyberattacks – retail giant Target was hit recently by a hack affecting up to 110 million of its online users, while back in October Adobe reported a serious security breach impacting up to 38 million accounts. 

Whether or not your Yahoo Mail account was compromised in this week’s incident, now is as good a time as any to review your password strategy – especially if you’re using one like this.

 [Image: Zsolt Biczo / Shutterstock]

Computing

Apple CEO demands Bloomberg retract its Chinese surveillance story

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg to retract a story alleging that Apple had purchased compromised servers that allowed the Chinese government to spy on Apple. Apple's investigation found no truth to the story.
Mobile

Google Maps brings its real-time journey-tracking feature to iPhone

It's been available on Android for a while now, and now Google Maps has brought its real-time journey-tracking feature to iOS. It lets you choose who to share a journey with, and tracking ends automatically when you arrive.
Social Media

Tumblr promises it fixed a bug that left user data exposed

A bug on blogging site Tumblr left user data exposed. The company says that once it learned of the flaw, it acted quickly to fix it, adding that it's confident no data linked to its users' accounts was stolen.
Social Media

Over selfies and an onslaught of ads? Here's how delete your Instagram account

Despite its outstanding popularity and photo-sharing dominance, Instagram isn't for everyone. Thankfully, deleting your account is as easy as logging into the site and clicking a few buttons. Here's what you need to do.
Computing

Google Chrome 70 is finally getting a picture-in-picture mode

Picture-in-picture mode is finally coming to Google Chrome 70 on Mac, Linux, and Windows. The feature not only applies to YouTube but also any other website where developers have chosen to implement it.
Computing

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.
Computing

Despite serious security flaws, D-Link will (again) not patch some routers

D-Link revealed that it won't patch six router models despite warnings raised by a security researcher. The manufacturer, for the second time in a span of about a year, cited end-of-life policies for its decision to not act.
Computing

Core i9s and Threadrippers are all powerful, but should you go AMD or Intel?

The battle for the top prosumer CPUs in the world is on. In this head to head, we pit the Core i9 versus the Threadripper to see which is the best when it comes to maximizing multi-core performance on a single chip.
Computing

Apple’s latest feature ensures MacOS apps are safer than ever

MacOS is mythically known for being more immune to viruses than Windows, but that doesn't mean there isn't room to make it safer. Apple is using an app notarization feature to protect users from downloading malicious apps.
Computing

There’s now proof that quantum computing is superior to the classical variety

For the first time in computer science history, researchers have tangibly demonstrated how a quantum computer is better than a classical computer. A quantum computer was able to solve a math problem that a classical PC cannot.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Computing

Will Apple introduce a new MacBook at its Oct. 30 event? Here's everything we know

Whether it's called the MacBook Air or just the MacBook, Apple is highly rumored to introduce a new, affordable laptop in 2018. We discuss reports about upgrading displays, processors, sign-in features, and more.
Product Review

Dell’s G3 Gaming laptop knows what gamers want, and what they can live without

Compromise and budget gaming laptops go hand-in-hand, but with the G3, Dell has figured out how to balance what gamers want with what they can live without.
Product Review

Amid a new fleet of budget laptops, the ZenBook 13 sails where others sink

It’s never been truer that you don’t need to spend over a thousand bucks to buy a good laptop. The ZenBook 13 takes we’ve always loved about its predecessor and makes enough small refinements to keep it ahead of its competitors.