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Yahoo Gets Hacked by D33D Company

Recently the Yahoo servers were hacked and now Yahoo officially confirmed that roughly over 400,000 credentials along with passwords belonging to Yahoo and other companies were stolen. A hacking group named “The D33D Company” posted something like 453,492 accounts that belonged to not only Yahoo but also Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Live.com, MSN, Comcast, Verizon and SBC Global users. The hackers also put an annotation along with the posted data, here is what it says:
“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat. There have been many security holes exploited in Web servers belonging to Yahoo Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”

A month back, LinkedIn (online social network) was breached and hundreds of thousands of its usernames and passwords were leaked and now this catastrophe implies something. It shows how easily the hackers are able to penetrate the security of most secure and sophisticated computer companies.

Yahoo seemed pretty apologetic commenting on the tragedy. Dana Lengkeek, a spokeswoman for Yahoo quoted:
“We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo users and notifying companies whose user accounts may have been compromised, We apologize to affected users. We encourage users to change their passwords on a regular basis.”
Source Nytimes
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