Yahoo Password Hack Extends to AOL, Gmail, Hotmail
Over 400,000 usernames and passwords were stolen from the internet giants on Wednesday.
Yahoo users weren't the only victims of Wednesday's mass database security breach.
The internet giant confirmed to the New York Times that it fell prey to the hacking group D33D Company, which broke in, stole, and subsequently posted online the usernames and passwords to 453,942 acounts connected to a large group of email providers. Along with Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com all had some users' data stolen.
The hackers left a note of warning to the companies, writing, "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat."
In response, Yahoo issued a statement saying, “We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo users and notifying companies whose user accounts may have been compromised."
It's been troubled times for the shrunken web portal, which is currently on a wide and thus far unfruitful search for a CEO.