Hackers published email addresses and passwords of hundreds of thousands of users obtained from an old data file, Yahoo! confirmed on Thursday.
While the internet company was quick to point out that of the data released, only about 5% of the email addresses and password combinations listed were still valid. That’s enough to give you pause to breathe a sigh of relief until you begin wondering if your email is in that five percent.
But what’s particularly interesting is email addresses from companies besides Yahoo! were affected. The company is working with other internet email providers like Gmail and Hotmail to notify customers whose information may be compromised.
In the meantime, I followed this link to check my email address’s relative safety; while my Yahoo! email address, which I rarely use these days, came up in the clear, my primary email address, a Gmail account, returned an alert that it had been mentioned in the file.
I don’t know if that means that the email address and password were posted for the web to see, but I immediately reset my password.
I’ve since scanned other email addresses I recall having at different points, and none appear to be included; but it bothers me that my primary, non-Yahoo address turned up — somehow — in an old Yahoo! data file.