Hackers expose 453,000 credentials allegedly taken from Yahoo service

Hackers expose 453,000 credentials allegedly taken from Yahoo service

Hackers posted what appear to be login credentials for more than 453,000 user accounts that they said they retrieved in plaintext from an unidentified service on Yahoo. (sounds like it’s time to change your password if you use a Yahoo service).

The dump, posted on a public website by a hacking collective known as D33Ds Company, said it penetrated the Yahoo subdomain using what’s known as a union-based SQL injection. The hacking technique preys on poorly secured web applications that don’t properly scrutinize text entered into search boxes and other user input fields. By injecting powerful database commands into them, attackers can trick back-end servers into dumping huge amounts of sensitive information.

To support their claim, the hackers posted what they said were the plaintext credentials for 453,492 Yahoo accounts, more than 2,700 database table or column names, and 298 MySQL variables, all of which they claim to have obtained in the exploit.

“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat,” a brief note at the end of the dump stated. “There have been many security holes exploited in webservers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”

Attempts to reach Yahoo representatives for comment weren’t immediately successful. Because many people use the same credentials for multiple accounts, Ars isn’t identifying the address of the website that published the disclosure. But at time of writing, the URL wasn’t hard to find.

The TrustedSec blog is reporting that the hacked service may be Yahoo Voice, aka Associated Content. That speculation is based on the string “dbb1.ac.bf1.yahoo.com” included in the dump. The subdomain is associated with the voice service, the post said.

This story was sourced from: http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/07/yahoo-service-hacked/

Original author: Dan Goodin

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