Yahoo: 450,000 accounts breached

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Yahoo acknowledged Thursday that a recent security breach led to 450,000 users’ passwords and email addresses being leaked, but the company insisted few were connected to valid accounts.

Yahoo said the passwords and email addresses were from its Yahoo Contributor Network, which is a content-sharing platform. The company said hackers were able to gain access to an “old file” that contained the user information, although only 5 percent of passwords were valid.

Tech websites identified the hackers as D33Ds Co,, which essentially was able to trick the Yahoo database into divulging private information, which D33Ds then posted, according to CNET. The tech site called it a “fairly significant security failure on Yahoo’s part.”

Yahoo said it was changing passwords associated with the network and notifying companies whose users’ accounts may have been breached.

An AP report quoted the hackers as saying, “We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call.”

Last month LinkedIn, the network for professionals, disclosed that hackers had gained access to 6.5 million user passwords.

8 comments Add your comment

WestOfAthens

July 12th, 2012
7:28 pm

Aware of my surroundings, hopefully everyone else is too

The Truth

July 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

lol

July 12th, 2012
9:24 pm

first by being over an hour later. fail

woodrow

July 12th, 2012
9:38 pm

What does it mean only 5% of the passwords are valid? They stole a bogus password file? Or Yahoo is pulling everyone’s leg.

Hoohaa tickler

July 13th, 2012
6:06 am

A breach is a breach….

Teresa

July 13th, 2012
6:15 am

I agree a breach is a breach.

Johnnywad

July 13th, 2012
6:53 am

I agree with Hoohaa tickler and Teresa.A breach is a breach.Don’t forget to vote July 31.A tax is a tax.

Yahooligan

July 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

I guess I’m one of the 5%.