Hundreds of millions of people who use Yahoo might want to pay attention. A hacker claims to have stolen login credentials of 200 million Yahoo accounts which are now being sold on the dark web – the internet’s black market. The stolen credentials are being sold on TheRealDeal which is a darknet marketplace for illegal items. The price isn’t as high as you might believe it to be.
The hacker who goes by the moniker peace_of_mind has previously claimed to have obtained and sold millions of login credentials for Tumblr and LinkedIn users. The hacker said that this Yahoo database has been obtained from a Russian group which breached the likes of MySpace, LinkedIn, and Tumblr, and that copies of this massive database have already been sold.
Yahoo has already confirmed that it’s “aware” that a stolen database is being sold on the dark web but it neither confirmed nor denied if the stolen records were genuine. The company’s security team is working to “determine the facts.”
Yahoo users should still change their passwords to be on the safe side. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Oh, and if you’re curious about the price, the 200 million Yahoo credentials database costs 3 bitcoins or roughly $1,800.