Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

29 Apr 2014   #1
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

Quote:
AOL has issued a warning to users that their personal information has been stolen by attackers, a week after the security of its servers was questioned.

The net giant on Monday said that the same hackers behind last week's spam deluge were able to infiltrate its servers and lift information including email addresses, contact lists and home mailing addresses. Additionally, encrypted passwords and security question-answer pairs were stolen.

AOL kicked off an investigation last week when users began receiving large amounts of spam from spoofed email addresses. The company believes the flood, which circumvented most spam controls, was the result of a security breach that the company estimates encompassed about two per cent of AOL's customer email accounts.

"Importantly, we have no indication that the encryption on the passwords or the answers to security questions was broken," AOL said.
Source

A Guy


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 May 2014   #2
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I thought I was getting a lot more spam on my AOL account than usual. It sucks that this happened after AOL announced that they weren't affected by Heartbleed. So what course of action do I need to take, if any?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #3
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I would change all of your passwords just to be on the safe side ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


01 May 2014   #4
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Is that for every site or just the ones that have the same password as my AOL account? I'm asking because my AOL account has a unique password.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #5
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThisIsMadness91 View Post
Is that for every site or just the ones that have the same password as my AOL account? I'm asking because my AOL account has a unique password.
Its not so unique any more.. Seriously though, you should change all of them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #6
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThisIsMadness91 View Post
Is that for every site or just the ones that have the same password as my AOL account? I'm asking because my AOL account has a unique password.
Its not so unique any more.. Seriously though, you should change all of them.
Heh, true. Well, most of my online accounts use my GMail address (the AOL address is from when I was a kid and only has a few accounts tied to it now, most of which are also from when I was a kid), but I guess I can change them again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

My oldest brother has an AOL account. Got spammed "from his address". A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 AOL confirms security breach from spam attack




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Security breach at Mbam Forums?
I looked back 3pages (two weeks) and didn't see anything about it.... I received an email from Marcin:I don't see any mention of it in a general web search, but found this on the mbam forum: https://forums.malwarebytes.org/MWB forum hacked? Phishing email? It's not that I don't take the word...
Security News
Security breach on the Ubuntu Forums
I received an email about this. http://ubuntuforums.org/announce.html
Chillout Room
Security Breach or a Bug?
Booted up my laptop, nothing suspicious to report, was going to upload a pic to a forum, when it was odd that it showed my system32 folder. I then noticed the folder I was looking for was moved to another folder..unless I may have did something that caused it to do that. That was the first thing I...
System Security
Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network
Complete article at Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network • The Register One of the IPs was involved in a DDoS of Brian Krebs site: Pill Gang Used Microsoft’s Network in Attack on KrebsOnSecurity.com — Krebs on Security
System Security
Security Breach??
Awoke this morning to my MS Outlook being shut down. Before going to bed, I did not shut it down. However, looking in the event logs, this is what I've found: Activation context generation failed for "c:\program files (x86)\windows live\photo gallery\MovieMaker.Exe".Error in manifest or...
System Security
Serious Security Breach Windows 7 Account! Need help!
A classmate in my program in university has been able to log into my account after I locked my laptop to goto the bathroom. While I do not know any specifics or details. I can give the following Information. 1) ALL My Account Passwords have been reset to blank. 2) The Laptop was Restarted to...
System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:32.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App