Yahoo! Hacked Again!

Luke Longfellow, Reporter

In this day and age with technology advancing at a pace faster than ever before, more and more personal information is becoming accessible online. As a result, it is paramount to know the technology services people are using are secure.

Despite the outrageous importance of these companies being secure, some, like Yahoo, cut corners on security because of budget concerns and worry of deterring customers with features like mandatory account password changes.

Junior Max Sinberg said, “It’s annoying when websites make me change my password because of the time it takes, I’ve never been hacked before but maybe that’s why.” Changing passwords often is one of the easiest ways a person can increase the security of an account as long as the new password is not more simple than the original.

A few minutes to change a password is worth it because it increases the security of an account.  

Other companies have developed ingenuitive ways to keep their systems secure. Google announced it would start paying hackers “bug bounties” if they turned over security holes and problems in its systems. Yahoo did not do the same until 2013, three years later. The concern with the three years it took Yahoo to implement this tactic is that three years is so much time in regards to technology.

Colin Campbell, owner of Echelon Data Solutions, said, “No matter how secure you think your information is it all comes down to the website you are using.”

Just under half a million Yahoo accounts were compromised in 2012 and a series of humiliating spam attacks followed in 2013. Yahoo said it had paid out $1.8 million to bug hunters. Yahoo would be more effective if they utilized assets to produce new more intuitive ways to defend against hackers.

When asked if she would ever open a Yahoo account, senior Lane Arnwine said, “No, I have and would only ever have a google account, they are a great company and they provide a better service.”

Regrettably for Yahoo, their security breaches have not stopped with the news last week that an astounding 500 million accounts had been compromised. Yahoo claims a foreign government is to blame.

The hackers were able to scan half a billion account’s emails obtaining all kinds of  personal information imaginable. The hack was even able to obtain account’s security questions allowing them to re-access accounts even if the password is changed. In order to keep personal information safe, it is extremely important to be educated about the level of security these services have implemented.