Yahoo’s Hack Attacks

Yahoo’s Hack Attacks

By Ben Acker

Throughout the the last 4-5 years, thousands have been impacted by the some of the largest hacks ever, in which a group of hackers stole personal information from many Yahoo Email users.

The service has stated in one of multiple E-Mails that they have sent to Yahoo users everywhere that, “On 14 December 2016, Yahoo announced that, based on its analysis of data files provided by law enforcement agencies, the company believed that an unauthorised party had stolen data associated with certain user accounts in August 2013.”

This Email, sent on October 3rd 2017, and many like it were sent to Yahoo users from a variety of places, in many different languages. The Email stated that many passwords, names, telephone numbers, and other personal information was stolen.

In this Email, and others that have been sent out, Yahoo has strongly encouraged users to change their passwords.

DHS Student, Tammy H. said, “I think Gmail is better because it’s easier to use and we can email faster. It’s also safe too and it will ask you for your phone number for security. But a concern is that I can’t tell if someone OPENED my email, if I email them.”

The full Email Yahoo has sent to many users on October 3rd can be seen here: https://s.yimg.com/wm/support/en-gb-oct-security-notice-content.pdf

A survey sent out last week found that 98.9% of DHS students who participated use Gmail. Yahoo came in second, only with 6%, followed by Outlook/Hotmail with 5.4%.
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The same survey asked about which search engine was most popular among DHS students. Not a single participant said that they used Yahoo. 97.8% said they used Google, and 1.2% used another search engine that wasn’t Yahoo.

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However, the hackings are not the reason that more students are using Gmail and Google than Yahoo. 67.7% of students responded that they had no knowledge of the major Yahoo hacks in recent years. Only 6% of students said that the hacks had affected their use of Yahoo.

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