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Topic # 114140 10-Feb-2013 09:52 Send private message

Over the last couple of days I've noticed a marked increase in the number of spams appearing to come from Xtra email addresses. Each one follows exactly the same template.

Hey (link to spammed site)

Name of actual Xtra account holder


Some of these spams come from people I know, others are from addresses used in TradeMe transactions. In each case the spams have been sent to multiple users from the account holder's address book, suggesting that these are hijacked Xtra accounts rather than someone spoofing addresses. The sheer number of spams using different Xtra accounts implies that this could be a large-scale hack. Here are two related stories - both contain quotes from Yahoo saying the problem has been fixed. Yeah, right!

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/07/yahoo-mail-users-hit-by-widespread-hacking-xss-exploit-seemingly-to-blame/
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/08/researchers-say-yahoo-mail-exploit-still-active-despite-claim-of-being-fixed/

The second link contains an embedded video showing just how frightening easy it is to steal any Yahoo (or Xtra) user's credentials.

Has anyone else noticed this increase in Xtra spam?

Finally, here's how to re-secure a hacked Xtra/Yahoo email account
http://telecom.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26203/~/resecuring-hacked-yahoo!new-zealand-accounts

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  Reply # 758897 10-Feb-2013 09:58 Send private message

Please look at list of discussions when posting something that widespread as it is likely there is a discussion already. Like this one: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=114135




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