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Yahoo accounts of 200 million users up for sale on digital black market

By Shawn Knight
Aug 2, 2016
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  1. If you have an account with Yahoo, now would be a good time to reset your password. That’s because a notorious hacker by the name of Peace is reportedly selling the login credentials of 200 million Yahoo accounts on a dark web marketplace for the low price of just three Bitcoins (around $1,800).

    In a statement to Motherboard, Yahoo said it works hard to keep their users safe, adding that they encourage users to create strong passwords, create different passwords for different platforms or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key.

    That said, Yahoo conceded that it is aware of the alleged breach but has yet to confirm or deny its legitimacy.

    A sampling of the data obtained by Motherboard contained usernames, hashed passwords (MD5 algorithm), birth dates and in some cases, a backup e-mail address. According to Peace, the data was likely sourced around 2012. The hacker claims to have traded the data privately for some time but just recently decided to sell it publicly.

    The publication said most of the two dozen accounts it tested did correspond to actual Yahoo accounts. When attempting to contact more than 100 of the addresses in the 5,000 sample set, many were returned as undeliverable which suggests the data is either outdated or partially invalid.

    Curiously enough, Yahoo hasn’t issued a mandatory password reset, something that’s common when suspected breaches occur.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I never had a Yahoo! account but if I did I'd hope those thieving SOB's would get nothing for it.
     
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    I've been using yahoo less and less and migrating to other email provider(s), but I from 2012? Well damn, guess I better check what is going where and update security as needed.
     
  4. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Guru Posts: 198   +272

    People still use Yahoo email? Last time I looked it was literally unusable. Giant video ads plastered all over the centre of the Inbox screen, ads in the sidebar, ads for junk celebrity news at the top, etc.
     
  5. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    This is why I love password managers. Turns something like this from a fuss into nothing to worry about.

    Exaggerate much? Just use any adblocker, like uBlock Origin, and it's like any other webpage or email service--totally ad free. Other than the need to block the ads, it's like my Gmail, Outlook, and Exchange email services I use too.
     
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  6. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Addict Posts: 103   +51

    If anyone has a flickr account make sure to check. I have one and forgot it required a yahoo account to sign up.
     
  7. jwdR1

    jwdR1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +18

    Yahoo's great for a throw away e-mail...if they want to hack in and read my spam, more power to them!
     
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  8. ClintNotYou

    ClintNotYou TS Rookie

    Another feather in Marissa's cap. Bet she can't make a sammich!
     

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