When it rains, it pours for troubled companies. Such is the case with former tech giant Yahoo!, who has struggled recently with CEO firings and the recent departure of founder Jerry Yang. Well, now they’ve got a security problem and public relations nightmare to deal with. Hackers apparently used Yahoo Voices to break into Yahoo servers and ferret out 450,000 user names and passwords.
“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat,” the hackers said in a comment at the bottom of the data, released at the hacking website D33D Company. ”There have been many security holes exploited in webservers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”
Yahoo Voices is the service formerly known as Associated Content, which Yahoo purchased outright in 2010 for an undisclosed amount of money. The hackers apparently exploited an issue in the database to get access to Yahoo’s password servers. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Yahoo will have closed that particular hole.
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