Hacker puts 200 million older Yahoo accounts up for sale

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If you’re a Yahoo user and have been since at least 2012, it’s probably a good time to change your password and set some other protections to your account.

Times are hard and a hacker needs to make a living too, that’s why one hacker has put up 200 million older Yahoo accounts for sale on the dark web. The hacker known as “Peace” claims to have the Yahoo account details of 200 million users and all he wants is 3 bit coins (or $1800). “Peace” is known for hacking both Linkedin and MySpace and currently has his sale up on a website called The Real Deal. Yahoo is aware of the claimed hacking of the 200 million Yahoo accounts and offered up the following statement to Motherboard.

We are committed to protecting the security of our users’ information and we take any such claim very seriously. 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.

The hacked information includes passwords, birth dates, back-up emails and usernames. Motherboard tested some of the provided samples and found some of them to be active while others were no longer viable. “Peace” has admitted that these accounts date back to 2012 so it is very possible a lot of these are inactive. Yahoo’s statement doesn’t give a clear explanation or acknowledgment of the situation so we’re unsure what their next course of action will be.

For now, if you’re a Yahoo user and have been since at least 2012, it’s probably a good time to change your password and set some other protections to your account. You should also consider turning on two step verification on your Yahoo accounts which is a good extra layer of protection.

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  Source: TNW
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