Monday, December 19, 2016

You Heard About The Yahoo Hack But Mainstream Media did Not Tell Everything you Need To Know.

Can't give you a source for this, when I clicked through on the search results
it returned a '404', which means I guess, that the site is being blocked.
That seems very appropriate in the context of the article below.

Its very likely that if you use the Internet and are conscious, you know about the Yahoo hack1 BILLION (that’s BILLION with a “B”) Yahoo accounts were breached in 2013 but Yahoo kept the story quiet until now, and for very good reasons which we will get to. According to information released by Yahoo, stolen user data included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and passwords.

Not much of a problem you may think, if like us Boggart Bloggers you do not use email for conducting any sensitive or confidential business. If you have a Yahoo account and haven't changed your password since before 2013 do it. (I changed mine in 2015 , after getting locked out of my account because I tried to log on from Spain and they decided I was hacking myself,) but before that incident I had used the same password for ten years).

 If you do use your mail for stuff you'd rather keep private, get a new, secure emain account (not Gmail or Hotmail, see below,) services like, for example, StartMail, a Netherlands based company. More of this type of service are coming online. There's a small monthly fee, but as I long time IT pro, I have always said the 'everything's for free' business model would prove to be the internet's downfall.

For reasons not related to the hack, private search canceled its Yahoo contract stating they had lost confidence in the company on learing that Yahoo allegedly allowed a US government agency install a spy tool onto its system so agents could secretly read incoming email. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other US based web cprporations have done similar favours for the US Government, helping advance its agenda of spying on the whole world.

What this means is:

The Yahoo hacks and scandals are just the tip of the iceberg because every US-based organization has to comply with government surveillance requests in accordance with the Patriot Act—and they can’t breathe a word about it legally without winning a court challenge.  If your email account uses Yahoo, Ymail, Gmail, Hotmail or another US-based email service, every US government agency has been able to read your email since 2015.  

For email privacy think in terms of organisations that charge a small fee (pay $£€2 per month and you'll get rid if a lot of spam too), look to European companies that offer Search services like StartPage, Good Gopher (American owned but hosted outside US jurisdiction) or the oddly named DuckDuckGo. The European Union has many faults and is an undemocratic organisation, but it does at least protect the privacy rights of citizens in member states.

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