Saturday, July 14, 2012

Notice Regarding Your Associated Content/Yahoo! Contributor Network Account

Received this email, "Notice Regarding Your Associated Content/Yahoo! Contributor Network Account":

You may have read in press reports that Yahoo! recently confirmed an older file containing approximately 450,000 email addresses and passwords—provided by writers who had joined Associated Content prior to May 2010—was publicly posted on the Internet. This file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo! systems and services. This message is being sent to you because your email address was in this compromised file.

We are taking important steps to address this issue and have now fixed the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of the data, deployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo! users, and enhanced our underlying security controls. For example, before accessing this account, you were likely prompted to validate your identity and create a new password.

Additionally, given the high frequency of consumers using the same login information on services across the Internet, we strongly advise users to:

• Change their passwords for any account they hold every few months,
• Use a different password for each service or website, and
• Create passwords with a mixture of characters, symbols, and numbers.

We also suggest that you proactively monitor the activity on your online accounts (Yahoo! or otherwise). Specifically, be on the lookout for spam that originates from your email, and check your sign-in activity from time to time. If you see anything suspicious—like your account was accessed in Romania when you were home in Chicago—you should change your password immediately.

You can also take additional steps to safeguard your Yahoo! account by:

• Adding a mobile phone number to your Yahoo! account,
• Adding a non-Yahoo email address to your Yahoo! account, and
• Keeping your Secret Question & Answer up-to-date.

Updating this information is important, because we use will it to protect your account if we suspect malicious login activity or if you need to recover your password.

Please also be suspicious of emails that prompt you with links and say you must update your Yahoo! account information. Yahoo! will never ask you to provide your password or security safeguards like your Secret Question & Answer via email.

If you have additional questions, please visit Yahoo!'s Security Center.

We take security very seriously at Yahoo! and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products. In addition, we will continue to take significant measures to protect our users and their data.

We sincerely apologize for this matter.
Yahoo! Inc.

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