Yahoo! Xtra's most recent hacking ordeal is "a fact of life"
given the prevalence of cyber criminals, according to
Email users with Yahoo! Xtra accounts have again been
affected by hacking, just days after tens of thousands of
Telecom customers suffered a security breach.
About 1500 accounts that did not have their passwords changed
after the earlier Xtra hacking were affected by the latest
On February 16, Telecom was forced to cancel 60,000 passwords
for compromised accounts, where spam emails were sent to
contacts in their address books.
Telecom released a statement today that said the newest
breach wasn't anything special.
"Over the past two days, Yahoo! has identified approximately
1500 additional accounts as being potentially compromised by
spammers. While this is higher than usual, on any given day
up to 100 accounts are tagged as compromised ... the reality
is that this issue is now a fact of life given the global
nature of the internet and the increasingly sophisticated
tactics of spammers and cyber criminals," it said.
Yahoo! is continuing to assure Telecom it that there has been
no evidence that the email accounts have been accessed for
any other reason than to send spam.
Customers are still being told to change their passwords, and
Telecom said it will continue to cancel the passwords of any
email accounts it believes to be compromised.
More than one third of all Yahoo! Xtra customers have changed
their passwords since the problem began on February 9,
After the previous breach Telecom retail chief executive
Chris Quin said an investigation into the hacking was being
carried out, and a review of its email service would be