Yahoo Voices hacked, 400,000 passwords posted online
Here is a shocking news for the Yahoo users, approx 400,000 user login details have been compromised and put up online by a group of unidentified hackers. According to the hackers, they did not mean any harm and the whole purpose behind this was to warn the people responsible for security.
The hacking group posted, "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat," a note on the page said. "There have been many security holes exploited in Web servers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly."
However, the hackers did not reveal the parameters and vulnerability that enabled the hack to prevent further damage . The webpage where the login data were put up remained offline for most of the day.
Yahoo has confirmed the hack of Yahoo voices which is the part of its news service. Company spokesperson said, "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".
A month back we had LinkedIn in news for the same reason. LinkedIn reputation was at stake as about 6.4 million member passwords were compromised. People should have more strong passwords, in this Yahoo hacking incident it was found that some people had passwords as simple as "12345". Let see how Yahoo reacts to this incident in the coming days.
All these incidents prove that event the biggest of online companies are not safe. While hackers are always trying hard to find the loop holes, the online companies must have a strong security team which can monitor any vulnerability in the system.