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Windows 7: AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

29 Apr 2014   #1
A Guy

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AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

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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.
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01 May 2014   #2
ThisIsMadness91

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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?
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01 May 2014   #3
Tews

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I would change all of your passwords just to be on the safe side ...
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01 May 2014   #4
ThisIsMadness91

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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.
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01 May 2014   #5
Tews

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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.
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01 May 2014   #6
ThisIsMadness91

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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.
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01 May 2014   #7
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My oldest brother has an AOL account. Got spammed "from his address". A Guy
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