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200M Yahoo accounts up for sale by hacker

posted onAugust 2, 2016
by l33tdawg

A hacker is reportedly currently trying to sell a dump of Yahoo accounts, up to 200 million of them, on The Real Deal Dark Web, according to Softpedia. This is particularly frightening given the sheer size of the number of accounts available for purchase, but also because this is the same person who allegedly dumped millions of MySpace passwords.

Yahoo’s Open Source AI Has a Secret Weapon

posted onFebruary 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

Yet another tech giant is sharing its artificial intelligence know-how with the world. Today Yahoo published the source code to its CaffeOnSpark AI engine so that anyone from academic researchers to big corporations can use or modify it.

It looks like Marissa Mayer drove a pretty hard bargain with Microsoft

posted onApril 21, 2015
by l33tdawg

Last week, Marissa Mayer took a big step toward undoing one of her predecessor's business deals by renegotiating Yahoo's search contract with Microsoft.

On Monday, the company filed a document with the SEC that gives some new details. It looks like Mayer drove a pretty hard bargain, and it could set Yahoo up to make more money from the search results it delivers.

Specifically:

Yahoo to introduce simplified encryption tools for email users this year

posted onMarch 16, 2015
by l33tdawg

Yahoo said Sunday it plans to introduce “end to end encryption” for email this year to boost privacy protection for users concerned about snooping from governments or hackers.

The Internet giant demonstrated new security and safety features for its email service at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, ramping up efforts to boost privacy since the 2013 revelations about government surveillance.

Yahoo exec goes mano a mano with NSA director over crypto backdoors

posted onFebruary 24, 2015
by l33tdawg

Echoing the concerns of many US-based technology companies have about US-led surveillance programs, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos asked the director of the National Security Agency some pointed questions concerning proposed or existing backdoors placed in encryption technologies. The responses from NSA director Adm. Mike Rogers only underscored the growing divide.

FBI Pays Visit to Researcher Who Revealed Yahoo Hack

posted onOctober 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far.