Yahoo Mail user? Reset your password.
An undisclosed number of Yahoo Mail users were affected by a recent attack.
Yahoo has prompted a number of its users to reset their passwords in the wake of an attack on the Yahoo Mail platform.¬†
The hack, which apparently occurred at some point earlier in the week, exposed the names, e-mail addresses, and passwords associated with an undisclosed¬†number of Mail accounts.¬†
"Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise," reps for Yahoo wrote¬†on the company blog. "We have no evidence that¬†they were obtained directly from Yahoo‚Äôs systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts."¬†
Yahoo says it has¬†implemented "additional measures" to ramp up security; the company is also working with law enforcement to track down the hackers responsible for the breach.¬†Still, as¬†Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review notes, there's plenty we don't know about the incident, including¬†which third-party database was comprised ‚Äď information that would "set a precedent and raise the stakes for those with large userbases," Simonite writes.¬†
In some ways, of course, this could be viewed as a kind of comeuppance for Yahoo, which couldn't resist thumbing its nose at Google during a recent Gmail outage. (The offending tweets:¬†"Gmail is temporarily unavailable." And then, a few minutes later:¬†"Gmail was temporarily unavailable but now appears to be working again.")¬†
Yahoo subsequently removed the tweets and publicly apologized to Google.¬†