Yahoo Hack

Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms

By on September 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms

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.

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Verizon Yahoo Purchase $5 Billion

After acquiring AOL last year, Verizon will buy Yahoo for nearly $5 billion

By on July 25, 2016 at 8:25 AM.

After acquiring AOL last year, Verizon will buy Yahoo for nearly $5 billion

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.

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Mail.ru, Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Email Heist

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

By on May 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM.

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

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 →

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Yahoo Fantasy Sports

Yahoo bans employees from playing Fantasy Sports on any site

By on October 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM.

Yahoo bans employees from playing Fantasy Sports on any site

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.

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Hackers Flash Yahoo Malware Attack

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

By on August 4, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

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 →

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Fleksy Yahoo Search Extension

Popular smartphone keyboard app gets an unexpected, major new feature

By on March 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Popular smartphone keyboard app gets an unexpected, major new feature

In addition to announcing a new partnership with Samsung, which will bring its paid keyboard app complete with a themes pack for free to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers, Fleksy made one more major announcement this week, introducing a brand new feature that you wouldn’t normally see in apps like this. More →

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Yahoo Top 10 Searches of 2014

iPhone 6 sneaks into Yahoo’s top 10 searches of 2014

By on December 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

iPhone 6 sneaks into Yahoo’s top 10 searches of 2014

As has become the trend, celebrities dominated the charts in Yahoo’s yearly ranking of top searches for 2014. Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are unsurprising additions to the list, but climbing its way into ninth position is one device that people around the country are still lining up for months after launch: the iPhone 6. More →

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iPhone Default Search Engine

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

If Yahoo and Microsoft have anything to say about it, Google won’t be the default search engine for the iPhone in 2015. According to The Information, Apple’s contract with Google, the contract which allows Google to remain the default search engine in the Safari mobile and desktop browser, is up next year.

It’s unclear whether or not Apple is actively looking to replace Google, but Yahoo and Microsoft have reportedly both begun pitching their search engines to Apple’s senior VP Eddy Cue. More →

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Yahoo Email and Google Gmail Encryption

Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s help

By on August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s help

Yahoo will offer its users full end-to-end email encryption and compatibility with Google’s own end-to-end email encryption at some point in 2015, CNET reports, as Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos on Thursday confirmed the company’s email encryption plans at the Black Hat conference. More →

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Aviate Download

One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyone

By on June 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyone

Back in mid-February — on Valentine’s Day, in fact — I included Aviate in a collection of 5 great Android apps that can do amazing things the iPhone cannot. The app was using a queue system for new users, and it often took more than a week for new accounts to be activated. Receiving an invite from an existing Aviate user would bypass the queue and give users instant access, and I mentioned in my coverage that I had a few invites left.

Four months later, people still contact me almost every day looking for invites — that’s how hot Aviate is among Android users. And now, Yahoo-owned Aviate has finally opened up the app so that anyone can begin using it as soon as they download it. More →

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