Yahoo! User Data Compromised

Last week Yahoo announced that usernames and passwords were stolen, belonging to about 450,000 of its email customers. As a result, Yahoo believes attackers have been able to gather personal information on its email customer’s contacts.

Users who were affected will get a prompt to change their passwords when they log in, and Yahoo also sent out email and SMS notifications. It is probably not a bad idea for all Yahoo email customers to reset their passwords.

Yahoo believes, based on their findings, that the usernames and passwords were accessed from a third-party database compromise and have no evidence that they were obtained from Yahoo’s systems. That third-party has not been identified, but experts note that attackers are finding ways to breach their targets by cracking systems that belong to the target’s business partners.

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