Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yahoo Breach Alert.

For the last eight years, I've been in contact with my students throught email. Many have used Yahoo email for years, and continue to do so. Nothing wrong with being a Yahooer. But recently I've been getting email messages appearing to be from old students whose names I recognize, with "no subject" and the message is some moocher website attempting to interest me in Viagra and such like. I'll get a couple dozen messages all alike, with slightly different URLs, all apparently from the same ex-student. I even got them from my daughter's Yahoo account and I'm real sure my daughter isn't trying to sell me Viagra. And I'm getting these phony emails from a lot of different students, at least a dozen and maybe two dozen different names, and multiple contacts from each name.

Hey people. Somebody has figured out a way to get into your Yahoo address books. For we who are getting all these messages, this is really annoying. But for you whose email addresses are being used, you have to wonder what else of your personal information is being compromised.

I wonder if Yahoo knows about this? And I don't know what you should do about it. I can tell you that blocking things at my end as spam or junk is not stopping the traffic.

And I can also say that whatever unspeakable douchbag has decided this is a good way to sell stuff deserves several pointed toe kicks in the cojones.

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