Yahoo has confirmed reports that 400,000 of its user passwords were stolen in security breach. (July 12, 2012)
Yahoo, Gmail Hotmail hack
Hackers steal Yahoo passwords
This hacking goes beyond Yahoo, however, according to The New York Times:
Security researchers at Rapid7, a security company, analyzed the dumped account information and found that it included account information not just for Yahoo users but for Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com users. Marcus Carey, a researcher at Rapid7, found that among the data were some 106,000 Gmail accounts, 55,000 Hotmail accounts and 25,000 AOL accounts.
“This breach just goes to show that even big companies aren’t taking enough steps to protect critical data, and in the UK it’s an obligation under the ICO and EU Data Privacy directive to do so,”