A few days ago, Yahoo removed one of the basic features you expect from an email provider. Yahoo Mail lost the email forwarding feature, and the timing looked very peculiar. Yahoo seemed to have removed the feature to make it harder for users to jump ship in light of the two scandals that hit Yahoo. First, Yahoo confirmed that some 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014. A few days later, a report revealed that Yahoo spied on its customers on behalf of the government. More →
Two massive security and privacy scandals hit Yahoo in the past weeks, and each one of them is a good enough reason to leave Yahoo Mail and your Yahoo properties behind and never look back. First, Yahoo had to admit that around 500 million accounts were hacked back in 2014. Then, reports revealed that the government pressured Yahoo into spying on all its users — the company did so by modifying its anti-malware tool to scan emails for accounts belonging to terrorist groups.
Yahoo proved it can’t keep Yahoo Mail secure, and that it can’t fight the government on your behalf. Naturally, some users opted to leave the service. But they soon discovered that Yahoo shut down email forwarding, a basic email feature that has been around for ages. More →
Many tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter said they had not helped governmental agencies spy on their users like Yahoo did. Some said outright that they never received such orders and others insisted that they’d never comply if they did. Following Reuters’ initial discovery that Yahoo secretly spied on its Yahoo Mail users for the government, a new report reveals that it’s fairly easy for any of Yahoo’s rivals to do it, too. And you won’t even know it’s happening. More →
Two massive security scandals have hit Yahoo in a matter of days. First, the company acknowledged that hackers stole usernames and passwords for at least 500 million users, and the hack happened all the way back in 2014.
Then, a report from Reuters revealed that Yahoo built a software tool that could comb all the emails sent through its system and extract data for unnamed intelligence agencies. These are two good reasons to ditch your Yahoo account, which will only take you a couple of clicks. More →
It’s not like Yahoo needed a second major privacy scandal on top of the massive data breach it suffered back in 2014, and which it only confirmed a few weeks ago. Hackers stole usernames and passwords for at least 500 million accounts two years ago, and Yahoo took its time to come clean about it. But on top of hackers cracking its security, it looks like Yahoo was responsible for some mail hacking on its own. A Reuters report on Tuesday revealed that Yahoo created custom software that would grab data from emails in real time and feed the information to US spy agencies.
So if Yahoo did it, were others also involved in this massive data collection program? More →
Last year, Internet giant Yahoo built software to spy on incoming emails of hundreds of millions of accounts for U.S. intelligence agencies, according to Reuters.
Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported that Yahoo complied with a classified government directive to scan YahooMail accounts at the request of the National Security Agency or FBI.
The report cited two unnamed former Yahoo employees and a third person who was apprised of the events.
Yahoo last week confirmed what many already feared, that unknown hackers have been able to steal account data belonging to hundreds of millions of users. The massive data breach occurred at some point in 2014, affecting some 500 million users. Yahoo is yet to explain why the data breach happened, and whether it could have done anything to ensure the security of its users.
A new report reveals that Yahoo has been putting off security investments for years, for fear that security features would also hinder overall Yahoo experience. More →
Yahoo has confirmed that a data breach from 2014 hit 500 million users, allowing hackers access to sensitive information, including poorly encrypted passwords.
A press release from Yahoo confirms the news, and follows reports earlier today that Yahoo was set to confirm the breach. If true, stealing the user credentials from 500 million users would be one of the largest hacks ever to hit a US company.
Yahoo will confirm later this week that hackers did breach its systems in 2012, stealing personal data for about 200 million accounts, including easily decrypted passwords. More →
If you thought things weren’t going that great for Yahoo, well, you were right. Rumors last week said that the huge internet company was in negotiations with Verizon, which was interested in purchasing Yahoo for nearly $5 billion. Both companies confirmed the deal on Monday, with Verizon paying $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s core business and some real estate, which is almost $500 million more than it paid for AOL last year.
A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users. More →
In the wake of a mini fantasy sports scandal that erupted earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Yahoo is now banning its employees from participating in paid fantasy sports leagues. The move comes after it was revealed that an employee from DraftKings — one of the top fantasy sites today — may have used information gleaned from his position inside the company to make more informed bets on FanDuel, another leading fantasy site.
In case it wasn’t clear yet, Adobe’s Flash isn’t exactly the safest tool for delivering Internet content. Hackers are already more than aware of the software’s security issues and are happy to exploit them for various malicious purposes. That’s exactly what happened in late July when hackers used Flash to infect Yahoo websites with malware in what has been described as one of the largest malvertising attacks seen in the recent months. More →