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|2012-07-12 - Weird News|
Hackers post 453,000 usernames, passwords of e-mail accounts
-- Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff
Sunnyvale, CA, United States (4E) - Yahoo Inc. admitted Thursday that hackers stole more than 453,000 e-mail usernames and passwords from the database of one of its online services and posted the information on the web.
The usernames and passwords belonging to Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail accounts were stolen Wednesday from Yahoo! Contributor Network, a content sharing site where users sign in using a Yahoo, Google or Facebook ID. Some 100,000 Gmail addresses and more than 55,000 Hotmail addresses were compromised.
Also stolen, according to Rapid7, were usernames and passwords of addresses from Aol.com, comcast.com msn.com, sbcglobal.com, live.com, verizon.net, bellsouth.net, 123 government email accounts ending with ".gov", and 235 military-related addresses ending with ".mil".
Marcus Carey, security researcher at Rapid7, said the government e-mail accounts belong to various [U.S.] intelligence agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
The hacker group D33Ds Company admitted stealing the data to test Yahoo's security. It exploited an SQL injection vulnerability found on a Yahoo subdomain, likely to be Yahoo Voices, according to Computerworld.com. The subdomain is where Yahoo! Contributor Network users post shared content.
An online posting by D33Ds said Yahoo's security managers should take the incident seriously and close security holes of its web servers.
Yahoo issued a statement Thursday saying the vulnerability is being fixed and passwords of affected users are being changed with corresponding notices sent to users.
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