I don’t think that companies see themselves getting hacked at least once as a badge of honor. No sir, it is actually a testament that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and in the case of Yahoo Mail which has just been breached recently (the number of accounts breached were not revealed) after this news came to light today, one ought to wonder whether it is time to settle for different methods of communication if security is of the utmost importance. Those who were affected users have already been notified by Yahoo, where they claim that they are doing all in their power to track down those behind this hack, and to re-secure breached accounts.
How did this particular security breach happen this time around? Well, instead of entering Yahoo’s servers directly, email addresses and passwords were in all probability retrieved from another third-party database, such as Netflix, Gmail, or Facebook – basically that has a login, and Yahoo added, “We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems.” Apparently, this nefarious software relied on stolen information that were accessed from users’ accounts, where it made a sweep for “names and email address from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.” [Press Release]
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