Yahoo! confirms the theft of 400,000 names and passwords from a file

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Yahoo! has confirmed the theft of 400,000 names and passwords from an old file from the Yahoo network Contributor, but says that it is less than 5% for accounts that have valid passwords.

The company, which has released this information through a statement, reacted well after news that nearly half a million service users had been exposed Voices Yahoo passwords and email addresses on the Internet.The list was compiled and distributed by a group of hackers that have not been identified, in order to demonstrate the poor security of Yahoo!.

The document is hosted on a ‘hosting’ so that access by individuals is difficult. However, it is an alarm for the thousands of users who are forced to modify your email.

It seems that hackers are going to make unlawful use of personal data , or so say in a message at the end of the document: “We hope the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain take this as a wake-up call, and not a threat “as published on Mashable . However, since the list was published on the Web, Yahoo! users can be compromised if not change your password.

According to officials denounced the attack “has been much exploited security holes in web servers owned by Yahoo! that have caused far greater damage that disclosure”. On this statement does not produce new data that reveal other security flaws in the company.


“We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this information, changing passwords for Yahoo! users and notifying affected companies accounts that may have become compromised,” said spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek, reports Reuters.

Yahoo! is among the top three companies-mail, together Google (Gmail) and Microsoft (Hotmail) , with hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

Not the first call attention paid by users of the Network Without going any further, last June the professional network LinkedIn had recognized that violated the profiles of 6.4 million users , who were forced to create new accounts after these remain disabled. The list was published in aspecialized forum for hackers Russian authorities are investigating.

Was even more notorious for PlayStation Network last year. The service ‘online’ Sony consoles was breached by hackers who accessed confidential information from users, which caused major cuts in service in the security infrastructure of Sony and forced most users to change their passwords.

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