Yahoo! has patched a critical vulnerability which saw a hacker steal user information last week

Yahoo! has moved to alleviate concerns over a security breach which saw the user details of over 450,000 accounts stolen in a hacking incident last week (July 12).

Officials from the company, which provides a range of online services such as news and a question and answer forum, confirmed that they have determined the cause of the breach and moved to patch the vulnerability in a blog post dated July 13.

"Yahoo recently confirmed that an older file containing approximately 450,000 e-mail addresses and passwords was compromised … this compromised file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo systems and services," said Yahoo.

"We have taken swift action and have now fixed this vulnerability, deployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo users, enhanced our underlying security controls, and are in the process of notifying affected users."

Yahoo! has asserted that it will continue to take significant measures to enhance vulnerability management of confidential data and ensure that users are protected from further incidents of this nature.

Nonetheless, the security breach stands as a stark reminder of the importance of undergoing a regular security audit to ensure that your company is protected from potential cybercrime incidents.

Yahoo! users who attempt to log in to their accounts can expect to be asked a series of authentication questions to confirm that they have not been the victim of an unauthorised access attempt.

2 thoughts on “Yahoo! has patched a critical vulnerability which saw a hacker steal user information last week

  1. They do not want to make security errros, but when they do, they cannot be open about it. Because it won’t sell. Their decisions feed one only goal we have to sell as much as possible and continue to dominate the market.

  2. Sometimes when I think of the word vulnerability, I wendor if there is negative connotation to it -like it implies weakness of some kind. The way you are describing it here it is certainly something absolutely vital to growing relationships. Another word I think of is transparency the capacity for one to be transparent about one’s innermost self.

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