Yahoo! Mail – The Most Unstable Giant?
For the better part of 2014 (or really, ALL of 2014), Yahoo! Mail has seen repeated hacks of epic proportions. It all started back in early January when users started experiencing hacked email accounts, and it doesn’t seem to have dwindled one bit. Security holes were made public by a single YouTube user as early as January 7th, but Yahoo! has since claimed that all breaches have been since patched, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Speaking on a personal level, I made the switch to Gmail in 2006. Yahoo! Mail served me well over the years, but a clunky UI and slow servers turned me away in favor of Google’s high-speed, simplistic online mailing service. Recent inbox sourcing revealed the very last email read and sent came in 2008. I simply stopped using Yahoo! for any further logged-in transactions. Sure, many accounts were still tied into the once-industry-leading mailer, but no physical clicking while signed in with a Yahoo! ID happened.
Having worked for several online security firms, it’s easy to be confident with ill-sourced links on the web. When in doubt, stay away — and I’ve always heeded this advice. When I first heard of the Yahoo! hacking back in January (yup – I was a victim), I changed my password to 30-character, complex password that needed writing down to be remembered. Not exactly the safest alternative when you consider the two-factor authentication Google now pushes, but it made me confident that nobody would be hacking into my Yahoo! account again.
Or so I thought.
At more than ten weeks later, I continue to receive emails from friends and family members regarding a spam link I seem to have sent. I still haven’t clicked through any links in my inbox or spam folders, and I even made the point to delete my account on March 18th. Eleven days later, I’ve been hacked twice more. Yahoo! still sits firmly in place of having fixed the issue, as reported by TNW in the below link, so is the company simply dreading water at this point?
The Next Web reported earlier this month that many accounts are still getting hacked:
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