I was fortunate enough to be able to talk today on WDET-FM about the recent Yahoo! Voices account compromise, as well as other recent scamming trends and some simple tips on how you can make your passwords harder for intruders to guess. Take a listen:
On July 12, 2012, over 450,000 clear-text passwords were disclosed in relation to Yahoo! Voices accounts. The datafile containing this information is circulating throughout the Internet, and multiple media outlets are reporting on this situation:
You can check to see if an email address you have registered with Yahoo! Voices was part of the data breach:
If you find your email address while searching the above site, it is strongly recommended that you change your passwords *immediately*. This information is public and can be used by anyone at any time. While the above website is courteous enough to not display the disclosed password, any individual can download the datafile and view it unhindered. Hackers frequently will use credentials from one system to social engineer their way into other systems, so no account is too insignificant.
Recently, I got a chance to speak with Craig Fahle on WDET-FM about recent computer security issues occurring here on campus. We discussed an interesting “phishing expedition” recently perpetrated around Wayne State and what you can do to make your information safer: