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[solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Kitkat on Tue 16 Aug 2016 - 9:11

Yahoo Mail users are currently experiencing all sorts of issues with their Yahoo Mail accounts.  This appears to be a worldwide issue - and something to do with the Yahoo server migrating to BT .... 

If you google the problem you will find thousands of people experiencing various problems with their Yahoo email accounts.

If you have an email provider other than Yahoo Mail, best to use that for now, at least until this huge problem gets sorted.  I imagine lots of people will simply give up on Yahoo mail permanently considering the volume of problems being experienced with them for some time now.

Be aware also of scammers trying to take advantage of the situation:

"CAUTION: Scammers are attempting to rip off consumers by offering fake support for Yahoo Mail. Yahoo will never charge for support. If you have paid for support, contact your financial institution to report the charge as fraudulent. Also, make sure to review your Yahoo account's security"
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Curious on Thu 18 Aug 2016 - 3:11

Thankfully it doesn't affect me, I don't use any free e-mail accounts as there are too many problems. I also never open links if friends send me something from a free account.
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Kitkat on Thu 18 Aug 2016 - 18:26

It gets even more confusing ...

Just come acoss this news article - but it's from 3 years ago!  Is it possible that people are still experiencing the repercussions from that move, or has there been a more recent takeover with some other provider, which started it all up again(?)

BT dumps Yahoo! email after hacking claims
By Christopher Williams, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor
30 May 2013

BT has dumped Yahoo! as email provider to its six million broadband customers following months of customer complaints over hacking.

It is to shift all customers to a new system from next month after a decade on Yahoo!.

BT customers who use the Yahoo! service have complained since February that hackers are repeatedly taking control of accounts and using them to pump out spam emails.

The Telegraph reported in March that an investigation and been launched by the two companies but customers have continued to complain of security breaches on BT’s online forums.

On Thursday BT announced it would begin moving accounts away from Yahoo! within weeks, noting that the new system will “feature in-built anti-virus and anti-spam solutions”.

“We will be switching customers’ email over to BT Mail, which will include the features and functions they expect from a modern email service,” said Nick Wong, director of online for BT’s consumer division.

“We will be keeping our customers fully informed about what changes to expect and when they will be able to enjoy the new services.”

All email folders will be moved over and customers will keep the same address, although they may be prompted to change their password, BT said.

As well as losing six million email accounts at a stroke, Yahoo! will lose a chunk of traffic to its homepage, as the end of its partnership with BT will also mean the closure of the BT Yahoo! portal website. It was automatically set as the home page for BT broadband subscribers.

It will come as a blow to Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer, who has been battling to restore the company’s reputation for technological competence since taking over last year. She is also tasked with reversing a long-term decline in traffic to Yahoo!’s email service and homepage, which account for most of its advertising business.

The hacking problems that affected BT customers appeared to be repeated around the world. Subscribers to Telecom NZ, which has a similar outsourced email deal, reported similar security breaches. Internet security experts said criminals had used a an international network of hijacked computers to mount the attacks on Yahoo!.

The new email system for BT broadband subscribers will be branded BT Mail and run by Critical Path, a privately-held specialist email provider based in California.

BT will also replace the BT Yahoo! homepage with a redesigned BT.com website. It will feature breaking news and be used to showcase BT Sport, the company’s new television venture.

BSkyB, its biggest rival, recently moved its broadband customers on to Yahoo! email.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/btdota/10089355/BT-dumps-Yahoo-email-after-hacking-claims.html
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Kitkat on Thu 18 Aug 2016 - 18:38

and more related explanations and advice:

BT Yahoo Mail compromised accounts
Read in full here  arrow   http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/39411/~/bt-yahoo-mail-compromised-accounts
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Jamboree on Mon 22 Aug 2016 - 5:09

I switched from yahoo a couple of years ago, when my email got hacked, just after the BT takeover.  Strange things started happening, like having to repeat my password after every action.  It just wasn't behaving normally.
How I knew for sure was when I got an email from myself, inviting me to click into what was obviously a spam link!  Needless to say, I did not click into the link.  It was then I found out I was far from alone with this problem.

Would appear yahoo have still not cleaned up their act.  My advice would be to steer clear.  Yahoo are still back in the 80's.
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Kitkat on Mon 29 Aug 2016 - 19:23

@Jamboree wrote:I switched from yahoo a couple of years ago, when my email got hacked, just after the BT takeover.  Strange things started happening, like having to repeat my password after every action.  It just wasn't behaving normally.
How I knew for sure was when I got an email from myself, inviting me to click into what was obviously a spam link!  Needless to say, I did not click into the link.  It was then I found out I was far from alone with this problem.

Would appear yahoo have still not cleaned up their act.  My advice would be to steer clear.  Yahoo are still back in the 80's.


The recent issues do seem to have cleared up now - at least the ones that were affecting us, though I've not heard from any of my Yahoo-using friends recently, the ones who decided to stick with Yahoo. surprised 

Fingers crossed, they've got their act together now (or maybe they've been taken over by someone else?)
I think people still need to stay vigilant though.
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Re: [solved] INFO FOR YAHOO MAIL USERS

Post by Kitkat on Thu 22 Sep 2016 - 23:21

Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users


Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

The breach included swathes of personal information including names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.

It did not include any credit card data, the site said, adding it believed the attack was state-sponsored.
In July, Yahoo was sold to US telecoms giant Verizon for $4.8bn (£3.7bn).

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the attack.

Password change urged


News of a possible major attack on the technology firm emerged in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was apparently attempting to sell information on 200 million Yahoo accounts.

Yahoo on Thursday confirmed the breach was far bigger than first thought.

The data taken includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords.

Yahoo recommended all users should change their passwords if they had not done so since 2014.



Questions for Yahoo - Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter, San Francisco


The nature of the information stolen feels somewhat run of the mill - no payment info, and passwords were encrypted. Good. But the chain of events leading up to this unprecedented announcement gives rise to some incredibly pressing questions for Yahoo.

Why did Yahoo not know it had been attacked until a journalist told them? Why did it take so long for them to confirm the hack and its scale? Why did it take them so long to tell users and prompt them to protect themselves?

State-sponsored attacks are typically for political, not financial gain. So why were details being sold online?

What evidence is there that it was state-sponsored?

Verizon, which has agreed to buy Yahoo, said it had not been told until a couple of days ago - why not? And why is Marissa Mayer, a chief executive who has presided over bad deals and now the biggest breach in internet history, still in charge?

Verizon told the BBC it had learned of the hack "within the last two days" and said it had "limited information".

The company added: "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities.

"Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

Yahoo said in a statement: "Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry."

Reuters reported three unnamed US intelligence officials as saying they believed the attack was state-sponsored because it was similar to previous hacks linked to Russian intelligence agencies.

Nikki Parker, vice-president at security company Covata, said: "Yahoo is likely to come under intense scrutiny from regulators, the media and public and rightly so. Corporations can't shy away from data breaches and they must hold their hands up and show that they are committed to resolving the problem."

She added: "Let's hope the ink is dry on the contract with Verizon."

Questions are being asked about the length of time it took Yahoo to fully acknowledge the breach.

"It is really worrying that a breach from 2014 can have gone undetected for so long," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.

"It is also surprising the public statement took so long to appear.



Top 10 previous breaches


  • MySpace accounts - 359m
  • LinkedIn accounts - 164m
  • Adobe accounts - 152m
  • Badoo accounts - 112m
  • VK accounts - 93m
  • Dropbox accounts - 68m
  • tumblr accounts - 65m
  • iMesh accounts - 49m
  • Fling accounts - 40m
  • Last.fm accounts - 37m

Source - haveibeenpwned.com




"I would have thought most companies had learned by now that early disclosure is better, even if you have to revise and update as you learn more.

"I can understand a few days delay to confirm the breach is genuine as fake data dumps are increasingly common, but six weeks seems rather too long."

The scale of the hack eclipses other recent, major tech breaches - such as MySpace (359 million), LinkedIn (164 million) and Adobe (152 million).

Yahoo was founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo and in its first decade was a pioneer of internet services.

It was once the most popular website in the US and the company was worth about $125bn, but Yahoo lost ground towards the end of the first decade of the century, leading to its purchase by Verizon.

Verizon's motivation for purchasing the struggling Yahoo was to simply gain its massive user base.

More than a billion people visit a Yahoo-owned site every month, and Verizon was hoping to use that to sell targeted advertising.





Yahoo Timeline
   

  • 1994 Yahoo - which stands for Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle - is founded
      
  • 2000 Yahoo valued at $125bn at height of dot.com boom
      
  • 2002 Google rejects a $3bn bid from Yahoo
      
  • 2008 Microsoft's $44.6bn offer for Yahoo is turned down
      
  • 2013 Blogging site Tumblr acquired by Yahoo for $1.1bn
      
  • 2015 Yahoo makes net loss of $4.4bn
      
  • 2016 Verizon agrees $4.8bn deal to buy Yahoo


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