WhaleTech: Still operating your Yahoo!Xtra email? Think again

Starting with the line that should close this post first:  You really should sign up for a free Gmail account and start the process of bringing your email across while you can do it under non-emergency conditions.  After all, how may “warnings” do you need?

via business.telkom.co.za

via business.telkom.co.za

Hot off the press, the next Yahoo security breach has been reported from Yahoo Japan, where 10% of their customer’s information has been euphemistically “leaked”

Yahoo Japan Corp. (4689.TO) on Friday night said it detected an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its popular web portal site Yahoo! Japan and suspects as many as 22 million of its around 200 million user IDs may have been leaked, Kyodo News reported.

The leaked information does not include passwords and user data necessary for identity verification to reset passwords, according to the company.

While users cannot log in using only a user ID, Yahoo Japan is urging its users to take precaution by changing passwords.

Yahoo Japan has been stepping up its monitoring since a similar unauthorized access was attempted on its system on April 2 to steal IDs and other data.

The company said it detected the latest access attempt at around 9 p.m. on Thursday. It checked its system after severing access and found traces of an attempt to steal user IDs.

The company “cannot rule out the possibility of leak” of user IDs, it said.

The Yahoo!Xtra email service claimed pretty much the same; that no passwords or customer data was compromised.  And yet, we all have had to suffer four distinct “spam storms” coming from those “leaked” details.

For something similar, perhaps the same, to now happen to Yahoo Japan also strongly suggests that the underlying security infrastructure Yahoo operates with is seriously flawed.

 

Source: Fox Business


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