Risk increased for other sites due to Yahoo breach

The day after the hackers exposing and exploiting more than 400,000 Yahoo Inc user names and passwords by publishing them on the web had raised serious questions about the risk of breach of security that other websites may also face.  Some of the logins and clear text passwords of Hotmail, Gmail, AOL   and MSN and Live.com were among those compromised.

The security firm Rapid 7 informed that a data file published on the web contained logins and clear text passwords of Yahoo in addition to other internet service providers that included Google Inc’s Gmail and AOL as well as Microsoft Corp’s Hotmail, MSN and Live Sites.  These three companies had requested the affected users to reset their passwords.  Yahoo in turn apologized for the breach in a written statement on receiving such bad news for a company that has already lost two chief executives in a year.  Yahoo is already reeling under pressure to revive its stalled revenue growth.

Yahoo’s Interim CEO Ross Levinsohn told attendees at the Yahoo’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday morning that he is optimistic about the company’s progress. At the same meeting, Chairman Alfred Amoroso acknowledged that Yahoo had indeed experienced a turbulent year. The breach of Yahoo’s security has drawn flack from security experts who said that a major internet firm like Yahoo must have done a better job in protecting its user data.

Hackers attack on Yahoo Voice exposes about 4, 50,000 passwords

A daring attack by the hackers on the Yahoo Voice service led to the revelation of details of about 450,000 users with their email addresses and passwords. A list titled “Owned and Exposed” which is “brought to you by the D33DS Company” was posted online early Thursday morning. To support their claim the hackers diligently posted in their opinion, the plain text credentials for the 453,492 Yahoo accounts in more than 2,700 data base table or column names and 298 MySQL variables all of which they claim to have been obtained in this rearing heist. A Yahoo spokesperson in Singapore declined to comment on this incident.

Similar attacks were reported to have been carried out separately against other online services that included the Formspring and Android Forums. In these services, the users are prompted to change their passwords immediately and to check whether they had also used the same password on other services or not. It is unknown whether both these attacks are linked or not. However, both Formspring and Android Forums have already encrypted the passwords that they had stored even though, it is not a guarantee that their passwords cannot be cracked or exposed.

The attack on Yahoo Voices is the most serious one as the affected accounts appeared to belong to the Voice over Internet Protocol or VOIP service called the Yahoo Voices that runs on Yahoo’s instant messenger. The Voices service is powered by Jajah which is a VOIP platform that was bought by Telefonic Europe BV in the year-2010. The website of the hackers where the original claim was made that is d33ds.co is untraceable on Thursday and the domain name was registered in the month of February.

Hackers Hack A Confidential Phone Call

A confidential conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard has been hacked by a Computer hacking group called Anonymous. This conversation that has been posted online deals with the arrest of a 15 year old for hacking his school website, and also covered updates on on-going court cases.

Anonymous was able to hack into the FBI email and get information about the intended call which they used to listen in on the call. In addition to the conversation the email was also posted online.  They also posted a boastful message on Twitter about their having been able to read the FBI’s internal communication for some time.


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