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400,000 Yahoo and Related Internet Accounts Breached

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San Francisco, CA: A major Internet security breach has been confirmed by Yahoo. According to a report in the New York Times, a group of hackers calling themselves D33D breached 453,492 user names and passwords to Yahoo and other, related accounts belonging to Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com and posted them online.

A researcher at the security company Rapid7, Marcus Carey, found that some 106,000 Gmail e-mail addresses, 55,000 Hotmail e-mail addresses and 25,000 AOL e-mail addresses were among the data posted on the site. The Times is also reporting that the hackers wrote a brief footnote to the data dump, which they have subsequently removed: "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat."

Carey said it was unclear whether the Yahoo security breach had been contained, and warned that the D33D hackers could still be inside its systems.

Computer security experts say that Yahoo should have made its systems more secure, because in essence the company allowed hackers an easy way into its systems. "Why haven't organizations like Yahoo got it yet? SQL injection is a known attack,"said Mark Bower, a vice president at Voltage Security. "If what is stated is true, it' utter negligence to store passwords in the clear."

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Published on Jul-13-12


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