OT: Yahoo Hacked, Latency?

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Seems like Yahoo's email servers were hacked back in mid-October  
(http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/278235561.html and
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/278374361.html )

But I just got my first 2 spams whose "To:" list seemed to have been
harvested from Yahoo address books today and yesterday.

Is that a normal amount of latency, or would it suggest that Yahoo has
been hacked again?
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Pete Cresswell

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Pete I recommend you change your passwords..... then you won't have to  
worry about latency or suchlike. Think about it!

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Jax        

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On Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:04:24 +0000, Jax wrote:

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I've seen the same thing. I'm not on yahoo but I've received a few emails  
from a spoofed yahoo account with an address list corresponding to the  
real yahoo account holder. I advised the real account holder to change  
his password, but now his address book is in the wild.

Thane

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Per Jax:
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Wasn't my account - but I take the point and that's what I tell people.

Going tangential for a minute, I'd like to tell these people a couple
more things - but run them past this group first to make sure I'm not
blowing smoke.

To Wit:
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It is safer to use an email client than to use the provider's web mail
interface because there is much less chance of getting your address
book harvested.

The reason there is less chance of getting your address book harvested
is that, with an email client, your address book resides on the PC that
the client is running on - not the provider's web site/database.

If/when you do switch to using a client, your old address book on the  
provider's site is still exposed - so the safe thing to do is to delete
it once you are up-and-running with the client.
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Pete Cresswell

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Not for that reason alone no. I'm guilty of having written software  
that took advantage of you for doing this. It polled your local  
address book and sent itself to your friends. As it came from you,  
many then, would just blindly open it... and well, the rest is  
history.

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In many cases, the clients PC is far less secure than some big  
corporation.
  
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If your that concerned, you could store it locally only; encrypted.  
Decrypt before opening email client, re-encrypt after closing email  
client. This way, atleast software that relies on an API or direct  
file access isn't going to be able to do anything while your email  
client isn't running.




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My truck does not leak. It's just marking its territory!  

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