• December 20, 2016

    Yahoo Accounts Worth Nothing

  • December 16, 2016

    Yahoo a Company with No Direction

    I have had the same e-mail address since high school and I have used it for almost everything. I have been a Yahoo mail user since the peak of the internet boom when Yahoo was worth close to $125 billion dollars, now Verizon is acquiring them for $4.83 billion. It is sad considering in 2008 Microsoft wanted to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion before they started Bing search which launched on June 1, 2009. I really believe if Microsoft had purchased Yahoo at that point Google may not have gained all the ground it did so fast but that’s history. Marissa Mayer took over as CEO in 2012 the former Vice President of Google Product Search. Over the next few years, she poured $2.1 billion into acquiring more than 50 startups but was unable to reverse the slide in Yahoo’s revenue. One of her key purchases as CEO was the $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr in 2013. In my feeling another useless purchase to try to turn Yahoo around almost as bad as the 2005 purchase of Flickr the acquisition reportedly cost $22 to $25 million and Yahoo did nothing with the service. The Flickr purchase in 2005 just shows you how the company was on a downward spiral even then. I give Marissa Mayer credit by the time she came in I felt that it was already too late to save Yahoo. She came into a mess. Yahoo was and is a company with very little direction and a dated mission statement. Then in April of 2013 WWE and Yahoo! announced their partnership at the Yahoo! Digital Content NewFront event in New York City. WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon announced that WWE would be using Yahoo! as the premier global video distribution partner for WWE, with a dedicated hub...
  • A computer security researcher has stumbled upon another huge file of stolen user names and passwords that was posted on the ‘net for other hackers to enjoy. According to web security firm Trustwave, hackers have stolen login usernames and passwords across various sites in the past month with the help of Pony malware, a bit different than a typical breach. Although these are accounts for online services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, this is not the result of any weakness in those companies networks. Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolen. Pony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users’ computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to log into web services. The malware was configured so that the majority of the credential information was sent to a server in the Netherlands. The server does not show from which countries the information came from however confirmed attacks targeted users worldwide including in the U.S., Germany, Singapore, Thailand and others. Facebook accounted for about 57% of the compromised accounts, followed by Yahoo 10%, Google 9%, Twitter 3% and LinkedIn 1.5%.
  • October 12, 2012

    Google and Yahoo Irish Domains Hijacked

    Google and Yahoo‘s Irish domains went offline on Tuesday, following an unauthorised change to their registrar’s account.  The domains and were Domain hijacked. Domain hijacking can be done in several ways, generally by social engineering.  The most common tactic used by a domain hijacker is to use acquired personal information about the actual domain owner to impersonate them and persuade the domain registrar to modify the registration information and/or transfer the domain to another registrar.  (This is another form of identity theft) Once this has been done, the hijacker has full control of the domain they can change their DNS records to point to a server of there own or sell the domain. In this case the DNS records were changed to foward to when or where entered into a web browser or search engine.  The Irish Domain Registry released an official statement stating: “As you may be aware, there was a security incident on Tuesday 9th October, involving two high profile .ie domains that has warranted further investigation and some precautionary actions on the part of the IEDR. There was an unauthorised access to a Registrar’s account which resulted in the change to the DNS nameserver records for the two .ie domains. The IEDR worked with the Registrar to ensure that the nameserver records were reset and corrected promptly. Simultaneously, the IEDR commenced an investigation and analysis, with the assistance of external security experts. Based on the results of the investigation and the recommendation of security experts, the IEDR has temporarily brought external web-based systems off-line in order to perform additional analysis.” Serious questions are being raised about how this breach occurred but nothing has been confirmed it’s all speculation. Other high profile sites are part of this domain registry which are not affected like eBay,...