The following is an excerpt from David Goldman | July 12, 2012 | CNN.com |
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — If it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now: Your username and password are almost impossible to keep safe.
Nearly 443,000 e-mail addresses and passwords for a Yahoo site were exposed late Wednesday. The impact stretched beyond Yahoo because the site allowed users to log in with credentials from other sites — which meant that user names and passwords for Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500), Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) Gmail, Microsoft’s (MSFT, Fortune 500) Hotmail, AOL (AOL) and many other e-mail hosts were among those posted publicly on a hacker forum.
What’s shocking about the development isn’t that usernames and passwords were stolen — that happens virtually every day. The surprise is how easily outsiders cracked a service run by one of the biggest Web companies in the world.
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