Yahoo email passwords hacked, urges users to change passwords

By Daniel S Levine,

Yahoo said Thursday that it was the target of a hacking attempt and urged those who use its emailing service to change passwords as soon as possible.

In a blog post, the company said that they identified an attempt to get access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Yahoo said that they then “took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.”

The collection of usernames and passwords were not obtained through Yahoo, but a third party, the company said. After an investigation, Yahoo found that the hackers used “malicious computer software” with the list to get information. “The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails,” the post read.

According to The Associated Press, Yahoo didn’t say how many users were affected or exactly when the breach was discovered. There are 273 million Yahoo Mail accounts around the world, making it the second-most used email service after Google’s GMail.

This is just the latest security breach in recent weeks, with the Target breach being the largest. That affected 70 million customers across the country.

As for Yahoo, the company had suffered another setback in December when CEO Marissa Mayer had to apologize for an outage that lasted days. The BBC notes that shares fell 5 percent after a report showed its revenue dropped in the fourth quarter.

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