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Yahoo Voices customer sues for lack of information security

08/03, 6:20pm

User's eBay account used same password as lost Yahoo data

A Yahoo Voices user from New Hampshire is suing the search engine for the compromise of his eBay account as a result of a hacker intrusion. Jeff Allan is suing the crowd-sourced question-and-answer service in California court for improper personal information safeguards, and is seeking compensation for himself and other users affected by the loss of over 400,000 users' data, which included emails addresses and unencrypted passwords on July 11.

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Rash of data thefts emphasize need for strong user passwords

07/13, 12:30am

Yahoo, Phandroid break-ins expose well over 1 million users

Several significant data breaches have occurred over the last several days, and some criminal activity using previously stolen data has also occurred very recently -- a reminder to users security on e-commerce sites is not solely in the hands of the merchant. Yahoo Voices experienced a break-in with more than 400,000 email and plain-text password combinations were leaked onto the internet. Additionally, Android news and community site Phandroid's million-strong user information database is potentially out in the open as well. Best Buy is currently seeing user credentials farmed from previous break-ins being used to fraudulently purchase easily cash-convertible items, such as Xbox Live or Playstation Network code cards.

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