If you use Yahoo Mail, you should probably change your password. Yahoo announced on its Tumblr blog yesterday that the mail service that they were on the receiving end of yet another hacking attempt recently. “Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts,” Yahoo said on the blog. “Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.”
Users who aren’t prompted with having to choose a new password, can rest assured that they’re accounts weren’t on the receiving end of this attack, but even as such, they should probably change their passwords anyway.
Yahoo is working with federal law enforcement to apprehend the hackers responsible. According to the company, this wasn’t an attack on Yahoo directly, but rather, through a third party database. “The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails,” wrote Yahoo.
To prevent being a victim of a similar hacking attempt, users are reminded that they should regularly change their passwords and avoid using similar passwords on multiple sites. While this won’t make users immune to being hacked, it will make it more difficult for hackers to access their accounts.