Yahoo Acts Quickly to Contain Mail Breach
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Yahoo announced late on Jan. 30 that its widely used consumer mail service was attacked recently.
"Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts," Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of Platforms and Personalization Products at Yahoo, wrote in a Tumblr blog post. "Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts."
According to Rossiter, the Yahoo Mail usernames and passwords were not stolen directly from Yahoo; rather, they were obtained via a compromise of a third-party database.