17 Dec 16 – Hackers Stole 1 Billion Yahoo! Accounts

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    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    Yes, that’s BILLION with a ‘B!’ Chances are pretty darn good you’re in there if you have a Yahoo! Account!

    #5147

    RChandra
    Participant

    I saw a message about it when I logged a few days ago, and immediately updated my KeePass2 then my Yahoo! password. That’s the second change in as many months, out of an abundance of caution. As far as any other data Yahoo! may have had, pretty much all of it is discoverable, because alas, until recently when I began using KeePass*, I could not remember any lies to “security questions.” (Now of course the lies are easy because I just add them as either attributes or notes in the KeePass2 record.)

    #5148

    HotDawg
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    Where are the system administrators when these hacks are going on? It would seem like 1 billion profiles being accessed would take a lot of internet traffic. Far more than what would be a normal amount. Shouldn’t that raise a few flags?

    I have several Yahoo! accounts, being the administrator for several Yahoo! groups, and also a member of other groups. In my case, I think the only thing of importance would be the usernames and passwords I have used, and maybe the email addresses I’ve supplied.

    Yahoo! is supposed to be contacting the users that had their information compromised, and so far I’ve heard nothing. Do they really know which records were accessed? Or is this a ploy to get in the news?

    #5152
    Christian
    Christian
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    Don’t give out more info then you have to, and as the Sound Bytes crew has said before, don’t reuse usernames and passwords on different sites. Of course it doesn’t help that Facebook, Apple and Google are pushing us to use a single identity for everything. Usually when creating an account I’ll make up a fake name and fake whatever other date they want. Unless you’re ordering something, then you kinda have to give them real info.

    #5154

    Racerbob
    Participant

    Haven’t had a Yahoo account in years. But there was nothing important in it anyway even when I did have it.

    #5155

    RChandra
    Participant

    Think of how big a billion is. You may not have “heard” anything yet because it’s going to take some time to send on the order of a billion notices. just sayin’

    #5156

    ScreenScream
    Participant

    I’ve used yahoo for almost 20 years, really getting sick of them now. They’re just going straight down the twirly toilet.

    #5160

    DoggieMom
    Participant

    As I understand it this happened a few years ago. The last time I changed my Yahoo password was two months ago. So it doesn’t seem to me that I need to change it again since any password they got back then are way out of date. Am I wrong?

    #5161

    RChandra
    Participant

    I would still change it for an abundance of caution. There would have to be a compelling reason not to change it.

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