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News in Brief : Yahoo! and Formspring Hacked

Just a brief note to warn that Yahoo! and Formspring have been hacked.

Formspring has asked its 28 million users to update their details after the breach which saw 430.000 passwords leaked online. The Register reports

“A sample of 420,000 password hashes for the question-and-answer website have been posted online, sparking concerns that the entire user base might have been exposed. In response, Formspring disabled users’ passwords and applied a reset as a precaution.”

Formspring urges users to change their passwords on their blog, and confirms that the problem has been resolved.

Regards to the Yahoo! breach, The Register reports:

A huge document containing the lifted SQL structures, software variables, usernames and cleartext passwords was linked to from a web forum. In the file, the hackers described the break-in as “a wake-up call and not a threat”.

We will no doubt see an increase in spam over the coming days from scammers seeking to profit on the security breaches, by targeting millions of Yahoo! and Formspring users that they can update their userdetails by clicking on links in emails… Hacking and security breaches usually come hand in hand with vast amounts of  email hoaxes.

You have been warned! Dont fall for it. Update your passwords now, the regular way by accessing your accounts the way you normally do.

– The Omniquad Team.

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