Hey, Yahoo! customers, don't freakout just yet -- you aren't the only one having trouble accessing your email account this afternoon. Yahoo! announced that the usernames and passwords to a bunch of accounts were stolen, creating a total e-nightmare for us all.
The company posted the news on its blog, saying they're taking immediate action:
Per the blog:
Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence. Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.
Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo's systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts' most recent sent emails.
Here's what Yahoo! is doing to protect you:
Now here's what you can do to help keep your accounts secure:
And finally, Yahoo! is very sorry about all this.
"We regret this has happened and want to assure our users that we take the security of their data very seriously," Yahoo! said in a statement.