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Yahoo! hacked: Is this the beginning of the end?

At the beginning of 2000, Yahoo! was indisputably the only major search engine that everyone turns to for a solution to their search queries. They also had a solid range of products, ranging from free e-mail services to photo sharing, free web hosting and various other services. Then Google entered the fray and everything has changed since then. The reason for this is simply the lack of innovation on Yahoo’s part and their disinterest in offering something of value for nothing to their users, as what Google is doing currently.

Yahoo! has been going down and down for the past ten years. They have shut down popular services such as Geocities and MyBlogLog, and even sold off Delicious.com. Now even their security has been compromised by hackers. When something serious like this happens, users lose their trust in a company and without user support, the company is bound to fail. I forsee this happening to Yahoo! in the not-so-far future.

Yahoo confirms 400,000 accounts hacked, some passwords stolen
By Salvador Rodriguez
July 12, 2012, 10:03 a.m.

Yahoo confirmed 400,000 user names from one of its services were hacked Thursday.

The company said that although the breached accounts include user names from Yahoo and other companies, only 5% of the accounts had valid passwords.

Yahoo said it is working to fix the vulnerability and is changing the passwords of the affected users. The company also said it is notifying other companies whose users may have been affected — earlier we reported that they may include people who use AOL, Gmail, Hotmail and many others.

The hack happened Wednesday, according to Yahoo, which also said it was an older file for Yahoo! Contributor Network that was breached.

(Source)

Also reported here and here.

87 Comments

  1. Wooooody
    Wooooody September 22, 2012

    I cannot figure out a way to get rid of this stupid spam that Yahoo seems to have added to their Messenger product… I even searched and found the opt out page yet I still get this notification which says I have 64 messages in my Yahoo Personals inbox. When i click on it the services asks me to subscribe. I just want this thing to go away!

  2. borabora5524
    borabora5524 September 26, 2012

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  4. Joe T
    Joe T September 29, 2012

    I’ve been on various different servers, like 000webhost, freewebs and so on. I don’t like FreeWebs because it doesn’t offer FTP for free. I am on 000webhost now, but I have problems with it and I want to move. Please suggest me some good and reliable FREE web hosting sites? I’m 14, so I can’t pay money for a website

  5. alberto s
    alberto s September 29, 2012

    I upgraded to yahoo messenger because I kept getting pop-up update notifications, and disabled the yahoo toolbar that downloaded along with the update. Now every time my Trillian starts I get a pop-up to update Yahoo messenger (which I already did) and a yahoo admin contact embeds itself in my Trillian. How do I stop these annoying features without getting rid of Yahoo alltogether?

  6. Vultre9
    Vultre9 October 1, 2012

    I’m looking for the best or one of the best free web hosting services. One that is free of ads and I want to build my Site from Scratch. I know my share of HTML so I would like to start with a “blank peice of the internet.” I would also like to have a small forum. I know it’s alot to ask but i’m sure there is one out there. Much Help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    jdubdoubleu7704 October 7, 2012

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  8. ericmreitz
    ericmreitz October 14, 2012

    It can happen that a good Yahoo Answers user can have many unfair complaints reported against him. Yahoo doesn’t just stop his ‘Yahoo Answers’ service but also closes his/her email account. I don’t know if this scenario has ever happened but believe it is wrong if a crucial Internet service is removed after other people don’t like your ‘yahoo answers’ opinion. What do you think and how does it work legally?

  9. Thomas Lopez
    Thomas Lopez October 17, 2012

    Where can you get good free web hosting.

  10. lets roll
    lets roll October 17, 2012

    okay, so I already bought a domain name from Godaddy but don’t want their free hosting because they put those ugly ads on your site. I don’t want to pay either. What is a good site for free web hosting with no ads?

  11. Lucas H
    Lucas H October 19, 2012

    It’s very annoying. I want to be on the page I want to be on, not what Yahoo wants me to see. Rather than view what Yahoo wants me to see, I just switch to another browser, or I close the Yahoo browser completely.

  12. Balla
    Balla October 21, 2012

    I want free domain name and free web hosting (100% free)
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  13. Gage
    Gage October 21, 2012

    I want to start a website to put my games i make onto, and also some of my games to download. What are some good free web hosting services to start off with? Hopefully something with alot of customization options. Thanks in advance!

  14. Pacman
    Pacman October 21, 2012

    I have registered a free domain name. Now what I want to know is how do I actually create the site? I found some free hosting options but how does it work? I have pointed the domain to those free name servers but I can’t understand where do I actually get to build my website with html codes, the place where I got the free domain or the free web hosting place or some where else? Please help.

  15. encyclopath
    encyclopath October 21, 2012

    When I try to sign up for free web hosting accounts, the first thing it does is tell me to go to my domain host and switch my DNS control to them. I want to keep my DNS where it is. Does anyone know of a free hosting service that will simply allow me to point my “A” record to a provided (shared) IP address?

  16. brincks26
    brincks26 October 21, 2012

    I have got a domain registered on my name . Now i want to build my own website. I would like to know if there is any site which provide free unlimited web hosting and space along with web designing tools and templates.

  17. Brian
    Brian October 21, 2012

    Hey gang, I need some expert help here because I am caught in a never ending loop of yahoo’s automated email responses, non of which have anythign to do with my problem.

    Short and sweet, my account got hacked, a guy who had been harassing me and my family had been sending emails to the account. I haven’t used it in years, and when I finally log in and see all these emails, I decide to report them to the police because we KNOW who this guy is. But, mysteriously, the account is closed the next morning when I go to print the emails out. I URGENTLY need these emails. This guy is crazy folks, and he has made me and my family feel scared for years now and it has to stop. The only evidence I have is in this account, that I can only assume he hacked into and closed.

    The whole story. Since 2007 or so, I’ve had some guy who used to send several page long psychotic ranting emails going on and on about me and my personal life. For the first year or so I thought it was just a friend messing with me. It wasn’t. This guy pried into every aspect of my life, contacted my friends, family, etc via email and facebook, trying to find out information about me. I thought it had stopped.

    Last week, I went to visit a buddy on vacation in NYC. While there, my college buddy asked if I got his emai. Nope, I didn’t. He sent it to an OLD yahoo account that I haven’t used in YEARS. It was set up while I was still in high school. So, once I get back home I log back into it to see lots of spam, but also a lot of emails from old friends. It was kind of cool. Then, I notice countless page long emails from this guys many email addresses, going on and on about his crazy psychotic crap, and about how he was talking to my family, how he found a video of me at work on youtube, how he found out where me and my family live, how he took over an old yahoo account of mine that was recent, and how he began to talk to my friends and what awful things they said about me, and on and on and on. A few months ago when he began to talk to my family I realized it was serious and was going to go file a report with the police. But, after all this time I realized I didn’t have much to show them. All of my friends had seen it over the years, they’d spoke to him, etc. but never had any of it been documented where it could be used. Once I logged into this account, I realize it was the documentation I need. Then, mysteriously a day later, when I try to log in, yahoo says the account was closed at my request!!! I NEVER made that request. None of yahoo’s email addresses or phone numbers are getting me anywhere but ignored and irrelevant responses that have nothing to do with what I need. I REALLY need help here. Can someone please tell me how to get yahoo to fix my email account and get me those emails, even if it is only long enough to print them out? PLEASE HELP!

  18. Shay H
    Shay H October 23, 2012

    I have a list of current movies hosted on Rapidshare (not mine, just those I’ve found).

    For those of you who may not know, Rapidshare is a file sharing service. Many of these files aren’t exactly “legal”.

    Are there any free web hosting companies that will allow me to post links to these files?

  19. Mackenzie P
    Mackenzie P October 24, 2012

    I wanna have a free domain name,at the same time i need a free web hosting too…
    Is anyone out there can help me with this?

  20. Brian
    Brian October 25, 2012

    I recently lost my website when Geocities was shut down.
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    I was wondering if someone had any suggestions for a free web hosting service complete with access to the FTP servers.
    I want the hosting site to be iWeb friendly as well because that’s what I’ll be primarily using.

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    Can anyone recommend a site that has free web hosting? I mainly just need a place that can serve as a portfolio of sorts for my photography.

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    I have built a website for my affiliation business and I am now looking for a free web hosting service where I can upload all the things (html) attached with it. I tried yahoo geocities but I got expelled because there are adsense html in it.

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    lcollier93sbcglobalnet October 31, 2012

    I’m trying to put a webpage online, but obviously it’s expensive through anyone. Can you get the web hosting free on Earthlink if you already have an email account which you pay for?

  24. Milk84
    Milk84 November 1, 2012

    My sister and I want to start up a site on a free web hosting network. We also need the site to allow us to be moderators so we can both edit and add things to our site. Are there any web hosting that fit these two qualifications?

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    skychi99 November 3, 2012

    How to Create a free web hosting account with Subdomain? I dont want to spend money for this. Tell me some website for this & also tell me details step by step. Best answer will get 10 points. thanks.

  26. musicistabest
    musicistabest November 5, 2012

    What is the best no-ads totally free web hosting service provider for small business? What is the top best totally free web hosting for small business that you can recommend? And I do mean totally 100% free. No ads (bannerless). No credit card please.

    Thank you.

  27. Matthew David
    Matthew David November 5, 2012

    i’m trying to help my friend set up her site, but we cant find any free web hosting ones that arent complete crap =(

    i dont care if there are ads on the page, but we want one that we can make our own layout to. thanks!

  28. Christopher J
    Christopher J November 5, 2012

    Is it better to have the same password for everything, or a different one for each website type thing that you join?
    IN YOUR OPINION!
    Thanks

  29. Franklin Bluth
    Franklin Bluth November 5, 2012

    Why is that i add my friend on my yahoo messenger list, it got replaced by another friend..
    It keep going on like this..

    How do i fix it?

    Pls help if u know..

    Thank you!

  30. Random
    Random November 5, 2012

    Please help me solve this problem.
    I can use and go to any other yahoo services but when go to yahoo mail, and re-enter my password, The URL shows what it normally should and suddenly changes into:

    http://f1616.mail.yahoo.com/ou.....utage.html

    before I can see anything. Also, it says on the screen:

    Sorry, the page you requested was not found.

    Please check the URL for proper spelling and capitalization. If you’re having trouble locating a destination on Yahoo!, try visiting the Yahoo! home page or look through a list of Yahoo!’s online services. Also, you may find what you’re looking for if you try searching below.

    I thought my account was hacked or compromised so I quickly changed my password into something more complicated. The last time I used my account was yesterday evening.
    Thankyou for your help.
    I also tried refreshing and other people can login their yahoo mail in this computer easily.

  31. Ryan Dunn
    Ryan Dunn November 10, 2012

    so how can i get more views???…
    btw if u have a youtube account can u please check them out and leave comments on some… at least 3 or more???
    here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/DemiLovatoRocks326

    PLEASE AND THANKS!!!

  32. Larry R
    Larry R November 10, 2012

    I know there are a lot of free web hosting services out there. I have created many web pages and uploaded a few onto free web hosts. Is it possible for me to make any money off of my web pages on free web hosts? If so, how?
    I mean through the implementation of advertisements or something like that.

  33. white man
    white man November 16, 2012

    I went away to go play piano, then I came back to find the most recent question before I refreshed the page to still be at the top of my page after refreshing. I clicked it and it had already gotten 100 answers. Is this a glitch or a hack or something? Also my avatar is going haywire. So is my name.

  34. Mathew
    Mathew November 19, 2012

    l mean just read this unbelievable crap…

    “DONT READ THIS A few years ago, two parents went out for dinner. A few hours later, the babysitter was calling? to ask if she could cover? up the? clown statue in the kids’ room, the father said,”Take the kids and get out of the house.? We’ll call the police, we don’t have a clown statue.” The “clown statue” is really a killer that escaped from jail. If you don’t post this letter on to 10 videos tonight, the? clown will be? in your bed at 3:00 am with a chainsaw? in his hand;sorry”

    How the hell can people believe this crap?
    So this person thinks that the clown who escaped from prison sits on the computer and checks if hundreds of people who read the question have posted it 10 times after?

    and what happens if the clown finds out that you didn’t post it 10 times?
    He hacks yahoo emails and checks your letters to find your real name than catches the next plane to your country and comes into your bedroom by 3am?
    and what if 2 people don’t post it on the same day?

    Are the people who come up with this things and he people who believe them mentally retarded?

  35. jdfan
    jdfan November 19, 2012

    Alrighty. Well I have a fantasy story that’s been wracking in my head for WAY to long now. It’s time to get it on paper! I just need a bit of assistance fleshing it out and getting feedback on it.

    Anyone interested? PLEASE!?!?!? Thanks:)

  36. Jerosh Nagulachandran
    Jerosh Nagulachandran November 19, 2012

    How do i create a php page that will automatically redirect & login to a password protected directory on my website, so that the user doesn’t have to input the user & password to access the site.

  37. dubmecrazy3
    dubmecrazy3 November 19, 2012

    There’s this girl named Haley that I was best friends with in 6th grade, and I’m going into 7th grade, and she got mad at me because I thought she was a bad friend because she did all this stuff to me and I hated it, and so she’s been turning my bestfriends against me, hacking my yahoo accounts and myspace and gaiaonline accounts and then spreading rumors that I’m lesbian! So, I want to know if I should get her back or just let it go?
    Thanks guys. That really helped. 🙂

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