200 million Yahoo accounts allegedly for sale online2016-08-04 03:23 by Daniela
A hacker popular with breaching LinkedIn, MySpace and Tumblr has put up some 200 million alleged Yahoo user details for sale on a Darknet marketplace called the Real Deal. He sells the credentials for 3 bitcoins, or US$1,824.
The authenticity of the data is unclear. There are doubts that the stolen login details are relatively old, dating back to 2012. But because many users do not change their password and login details and often use the same login across multiple web and social media sites, this could mean that the data is still actual.
The account information reportedly includes usernames, easily cracked MD5-hashed passwords and the dates of birth of 200 million Yahoo! users. Some "backup email addresses" as well as the ZIP codes of supposed US users also appear in the dump.
Yahoo is investigating the case.
"We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously," Yahoo said in a statement. "Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms."
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