Last year, Yahoo revealed that it had suffered not one, but two, data breaches that resulted in well over one billion user accounts being compromised. The problem was that Verizon was in the process of buying Yahoo's web assets for US$4.83 billion and there were fears that it would renege on the deal. Now Verizon is asking for a discount on the deal.
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In December last year, Yahoo admitted that over one billion user accounts were hacked. It looks like thousands of Australian government officials were among the users that had their Yahoo email addresses, passwords and other personal information stolen.
Last week, Yahoo revealed it had been hacked and information on one billion user accounts had been stolen. It appears that the hackers had put the database up for sale and it has fetched a handsome sum of money.
Stolen Yahoo account information includes hashed passwords and personal information.
This new Yahoo data breach is separate to the state-sponsored hack the company reported back in September where 500 million user accounts were compromised. Read on to find out more.
We've written a lot about how to make the most of Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Outlook services but it's time to shine a light on one of the lesser known email providers: Yahoo Mail. While its popularity lags behind its competitors, there are still millions of people who have a Yahoo Mail account. You may be one of them. Here are some tips on how to optimise your Yahoo Mail account.
Android: We had barely finished handing out invites for Aviate when Yahoo bought the company behind the intelligent home screen that adapts to your habits. Now it's back, sans the invite requirement, for Android phones.
iOS: Yahoo Weather is our favourite weather app for the iPhone, and today it gets an update with support for the iPad. Alongside that, it also gets some new animations and other minor improvements.
The news that Yahoo! is to close down AltaVista on 8 July was greeted on the internet with shock. Shock because everyone over the age of 30 thought their original search engine of choice had ceased to exist years ago, around the time dial-up went out of fashion, while anyone under 30 struggled to believe that anything had existed at all before Google.
Yahoo has acquired Xobni, makers of our favourite productivity-boosting Outlook plugin and our favourite address book app for Android, Smartr Contacts. The outcome? You'll be able to use those products for another year but not beyond.
We're not big fans of Coles' flybuys loyalty scheme -- earning points takes ages and you give up lots of personal information in the process. The recently introduced flybuys Toolbar takes this to a new level of intrusiveness, promising you can earn points "just for surfing the web". Perhaps -- but you'll give up even more information while doing so, and get a maximum of 50 cents a month for the dubious privilege of using an inferior search service.
It's becoming a regular thing, the leak of thousands of passwords from sites that everyone assumed had professional, strong security measures in place. Every time it happens, like it just did at Yahoo, you can laugh at the worst and most popular passwords. But keep in mind that even those with secure passwords are now vulnerable to cross-site attacks if they used that same password elsewhere.