Hackers say data was posted as a warning
Hackers with “D33ds Company” have posted 453,000 passwords from Yahoo! Inc.’s (YHOO) Voices — a part of its news service. Bafflingly, Yahoo administrators apparently opted for no encryption of the passwords, storing them in plain-text.
The hackers write on their text dump:
They were at least kind enough not to publish details of how the penetrated Yahoo’s servers.
Some of the 453,000 compromised accounts. [Image Source: TrustedSec]
Yahoo insists that it’s not that big a deal, saying that only 5 percent of the user passwords would pass as valid passwords on its other sites, hence most users day-to-day passswords were likely not compromised.
It does apologize, though, for the inconvenience, writing:
Multiple military and government email addresses were found among the users with leaked passwords.