Access member only content, take part in discussions with comments on blogs, news and reviews and receive all the latest security industry news directly to your inbox. Join now for free.
Processing registration... Please wait.
This process can take up to a minute to complete.
A confirmation email has been sent to your email address - SUPPLIED EMAIL HERE. Please click on the link in the email to verify your email address. You need to verify your email before you can start posting.
If you do not receive your confirmation email within the next few minutes, it may be because the email has been captured by a junk mail filter. Please ensure you add the domain @scmagazine.com.au to your white-listed senders.
Yahoo! is facing a lawsuit following its disclosure last month that hackers stole 450,000 unencrypted email addresses and passwords of its members.
The suit was filed July 31 by a US user and victim Jeff Allan who alleged in the complaint that Yahoo! didn't properly protect his personal information, and sought unspecified compensation for himself and other affected users, according to a Bloomberg report.
In a blog post last month, the web giant said the intruders accessed a "standalone file" that contained the login data used by writers who joined Associated Content prior to May 2010, the month when Yahoo! acquired the company for $100 million.
Now called Yahoo! Contributor Network, the business unit specializes in producing freelancer-generated, search-optimized content.
The hackers, which claimed to be part of a relatively unknown contingent known as "D33ds Company," likely obtained the information in clear text through a SQL injection attack, a common technique used to infiltrate vulnerable web applications.
Yahoo! has since closed the vulnerability that led to the breach. A spokesperson could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
Lawsuits following breaches are commonplace, but often the plaintiffs find little recourse unless they can prove actual harm.
This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below or register an account if you don't yet have one. Please read our guidelines on commenting. Offending posts will be removed and your access may be suspended. Abusive or obscene language will not be tolerated. The comments below do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SC Magazine, Haymarket Media or its employees.