Friday, July 13, 2012

Yahoo Accounts Hacked

450,000 accounts were compromised through the Yahoo content affiliate Yahoo Voices - which allows authors to submit content to the Yahoo contributor network. Two interesting things from the Washington Post article: only 5% of the passwords were valid (really?), and the passwords and usernames were stored in plain text (Really?). Another reason to make sure you don't use the same password for different services. One suggestion - use a passphrase that includes some part of the name of the service.  From the article:
According to the security firm TrustedSec, a hacking group known as D33D Company picked up the passwords from Yahoo Voices, the Sunnyvale, Calif.,-based company’s crowd-sourced publishing platform. Yahoo Voices, formerly known as Associated Content, invites users to submit articles through the Yahoo Contributor Network.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that is messed up!!