Yahoo Coughs Up User IDs and Passwords To Cybercriminals

Yahoo Voices, which is a sharing site on Yahoo “where your expertise and perspectives take center stage!” and users can post their own articles, videos and slideshows was hacked recently by the “D33Ds Company” and they posted 453,491 email addresses and passwords online.  If you have an account on this website, you will want to change the password.  And try going with something harder than “123456, password, welcome, ninja, or abc123” which were the top 5 most used passwords.  Really??

Two great articles on Sophos explain it all.  Check out this article if you want to see if your usual password is in the top twenty most used passwords on Yahoo Voices.  These passwords are so lame on the face of it, that if you are using these passwords anywhere, go and change them now.

The Hall of Shame for websites that have compromised their users’ passwords had seen new additions in the last month of eHarmony, LinkedIn, Formspring, and  If you have accounts on these websites and haven’t changed them, you might want to do so now.  I have started recommending passwords of at least 10 characters, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and allowed symbols.

Owned and exposed


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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