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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are you using Yahoo Mail? Read this Hacking News & Secure your Account Now

By: Ymatruz | Filed under: | |

Yahoo has been hacked. And it was not a joke.

I was sitting comfortably in front of a computer, figuring out the next poem topic to blog when a good lady approached me and asked if I had heard about the Yahoo hacking news reported today. I immediately opened a Chrome browser and confirmed it was all over the news online, except that the incident involving at least 500 million user accounts happened in late 2014 and it was reported today after Yahoo's recent investigation. Good Lord, isn't it?

When you go to the official Yahoo mail website, you will be presented with the message "Account Security Issue" at the bottom of the "Sign in" field.

Yahoo mail with the Account Security Notice

Here are the statement from Yahoo:


WHAT WAS POTENTIALLY COMPROMISED?
YAHOO: The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

THE GOOD NEWS
YAHOO: The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected.

OK. SO, WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?
If you are using a Yahoo email account, it was highly recommended that you change your password immediately and/or disable or change the security questions on your Yahoo account. The password and security questions settings, if left unchanged may leave an open door for hackers to access and reset your account.

Be warned also that if you received an email about this issue, Yahoo are advising the users to check if the email displays the Yahoo icon when viewed through the website or via their app.

Do not click any links or attachment. If you do so, the hackers might be able to access your computer remotely without you knowing or the link could lead you to a fake website (imitating Yahoo, for example).

If any "suspicious" email contains so-called customer or tech support number, do not call. The person behind those contact numbers most likely are impostors and will attempt to steal your personal information. If they started to ask for your credit card number or demand payment, these are not good signs. Do not fall into the trap.

According to Yahoo website, Yahoo support is always free of charge.

YAHOO:  Remember, support from Yahoo is always free of charge


Remain vigilant and check your account statements or credit reports for any suspicious activity.

To find out more information about the Yahoo's Account Security issue, you may go directly to Yahoo website (www.yahoo.com).

Read Also: Facebook users: How to protect your account
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