450,000 Yahoo Voices Passwords Hacked
The summer heat seems to be inspiring mischief among hackers who have been on a tear recently. The latest victim is Yahoo Voices with an estimated 450,000 accounts hacked.
The hacking seemed to have been the work of D33Ds who posted a document recently with all the passwords and emails of the 450K users. Dubbed ‘Owned and Exposed’, this latest breach shows how easy it is for very skilled hackers to penetrate the defenses of some of the web’s biggest sites. Yahoo has been around for a long time so you’d think they know a bit about internet security. Alas, they don’t know it all and so 450,000 of its users will have to scurry to their keyboards and dart in new passwords.
Luckily for those affected by the hacking the group behind the exposure seems to be just playing with Yahoo. According to statements from D33Ds, the hacking was meant to be a “wake-up call”. They also said that they “hoped that the parties responsible for managing the security of this sub-domain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat,” the document says. “There have been many security holes exploited in web servers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure.”
Well 450,000 exposed accounts is a massive wake-up call. So too are the 420,000 accounts hacked on Formspring and the tens of thousands of LinkedIn accounts that were hacked the other day. Online security is now more serious than ever.