Internet is not a safe place any more. Every alternative day, there’s a news about a hack attempt on popular online services and companies.
If you’re a Yahoo Mail user, you should change your password right away. Yahoo has announced there was a hacking attempt, which tried to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts.
Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence. Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.
Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.
Yahoo did not reveal how many accounts were compromised during the breach, but did mention that the hacker managed to collect it from a third-party database, and not directly from Yahoo’s systems. This is not a very pretty sight for any users, finding out about a hack attempt on their preferred email service, especially if they are one of the affected victims.
The folks at Yahoo recommends all users to change there password right now, even if they are not effected. Additionally, the company is resetting the passwords of all the account which were impacted during the hack attempt, and are using second sign-in verification to allow users to re-secure their accounts. Users affected by the breach should receive an email from Yahoo or an SMS to the mobile number saved in the account information.