Yahoo! Mail hacked, passwords and user information stolen

Yahoo has been hacked again. On Thursday Yahoo announced that usernames and passwords of its email users have been stolen by unknown hackers.

The world’s second largest email service provider Yahoo Inc has around 273 million email accounts all over the world. However, the company didn’t mention how many accounts were affected 

Yahoo said in a blog post that:

  • The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.

The hack is of high risk, as it can further lead hackers to takeover social media accounts, online shopping sites information, bank accounts and credit card details. 

This is not the first time when Yahoo email accounts have been hacked. In July 2012, 435,000 Yahoo email were hacked by D33D Company and in February 2013, Telecom NZ ‘s 80,000 Yahoo Xtra email accounts were compromised. 

At the moment Yahoo said that hacked accounts were not picked from its database but maybe collected from a third party server. It is unclear why Yahoo will share its data with a third party. However, the company claims to reset passwords of all affected accounts.

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