European Data Protection Digest

Yahoo Investigating Breach

DATA LOSS

July 12, 2012

BBC News reports that Yahoo is investigating a breach involving hundreds of thousands of users. The company has confirmed that a file containing about 450,000 Yahoo user names and passwords was compromised on Wednesday. “Of these, less than five percent of the Yahoo accounts had valid passwords,” the company said in a statement, adding, “We are taking immediate action by fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo users and notifying the companies whose users’ accounts may have been compromised.” A U.S. security firm claims that intruders used SQL injection to access the data.
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