A yahoo hacker claims to have the login information of 200 million accounts. These stolen accounts are being sold on the black market. These stolen are for sale on TheRealDeal, an illegal market place for these kinds of goods. The sale price about $1,824 or 3-bit coins and anyone can buy them.
The hacker with a pseudo name Peace_of_mind is said to be the master mind behind it. Earlier, the hacker sold login credentials for Linked and Tumblr users. The hacker stated that the Yahoo database comes from a Russian group which cracked the Tumblr and My Space in addition to LinkedIn. “When it comes to Yahoo accounts, the database most likely comes from 2012. Copies of the stolen Yahoo database have already been bought” said Peace_of_mind.
Yahoo reported that it is aware of the stolen database, but the company didn’t give a hint about the records were real or not. “Our security team is working to determine the facts,” Yahoo stated in an email. “We are committed to protecting the security of our users’ information and we take any such claim very seriously. Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms.” Spokesperson said.
Back in 2012, Yahoo admitted a breach of 450000 accounts. D33Ds Company, a hacking group, had claimed the responsibility for the earlier breach. Yahoo ignored it saying that most of the stolen passwords are invalid. Security researchers noticed a Russian hacker with a pseudo name “The Collector” selling millions of Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail logins.