Yahoo was hacked so here is how to check it your Gmail or Hotmail password was leaked

Yahoo has now confirmed that they recently had a data breach and that “approximately” 400,000 email addresses and passwords have been leaked in plain text online.

Here is their official statement:

At Yahoo! we take security very seriously and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products. We confirm that an older file from Yahoo! Contributor Network (previously Associated Content) containing approximately 400,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was stolen yesterday,July 11. Of these, less than 5% of the Yahoo! accounts had valid passwords. We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo! users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised. We apologize to affected users. We encourage users to change their passwords on a regular basis and also familiarize themselves with our online safety tips at security.yahoo.com.

They have said that less than 5% of the emails had active passwords.

However, if you are concerned you can head over to Sucuri to see if you email was one of the ones leaked.

They say that 135,599 emails came from yahoo.com; but that a further 106,185 came from gmail.com; 54,393 from hotmail.com; 24,677 from aol.com; 8,422 from comcast.net and 6,282 msn.com.

Source: TechCrunch

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Posted on July 13, 2012, in News, Software. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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