Mass hack attack on Yahoo Mail accounts prompts password reset

I noted a lot of tweets yesterday about Yahoo email being hacked and couldn’t figure out what the surprise was – after all, I had already reported  that problem on January 27. In any event, it’s now been confirmed, I guess. Dan Goodin reports:

Yahoo said it is resetting passwords for some of its e-mail users after discovering a coordinated effort to compromise accounts.

Attackers behind the cracking campaign used usernames and passwords that were probably collected from a compromised database belonging to an unidentified third party, according to Jay Rossiter, Yahoo senior vice president of platforms and personalization products, who wrote an advisory published Thursday.

Read more on Ars Technica, and reset your password to be on the safe side. And if you still re-use login credentials across sites or services, stop already.

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