[kwlug-disc] OT: Hotmail/Yahoo account breakins

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Tue Mar 26 12:59:08 EDT 2013


On 13-03-26 05:45 AM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> The spam messages from yahoo accounts seem to have diminished
> significantly. If there was a breach then I would not expect this (but
> it could be possible). What's going on? - Paul 


Apparently the FBI has saved the Internets:
http://www.channel4.com/news/yahoos-email-system-hacked-by-criminal-spammers

>
>   Yahoo!'s email system hacked by criminal spammers
>
> Geoff White Technology producer
>
> As the world's third largest email provider recovers from a hack
> attack, Technology Producer Geoff White has the details of the scam
> and how Yahoo! users can protect themselves.
>
[...]
> The FBI has moved to shut down the operation after a *Channel 4 News*
> investigation revealed accounts around the world had been broken into.
> We understand the hacker lives in the Russian Federation.

I assume that the FBI has shut down the operation of the Russian
Federation criminal hacker, not shut down the operation of Yahoo. 
Although that would probably reduce spam even more...

--Bob.


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