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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 5:55 pm

(originally posted on 16 Aug 2016 09:16 am)

Yahoo Mail users are currently experiencing all sorts of issues with their Yahoo Mail accounts. This appears to be a worldwide issue - and something to do with the Yahoo server migrating to BT ....

If you google the problem you will find thousands of people experiencing various problems with their Yahoo email accounts.

If you have an email provider other than Yahoo Mail, best to use that for now, at least until this huge problem gets sorted. I imagine lots of people will simply give up on Yahoo mail permanently considering the volume of problems being experienced with them for some time now.

Be aware also of scammers trying to take advantage of the situation:

"CAUTION: Scammers are attempting to rip off consumers by offering fake support for Yahoo Mail. Yahoo will never charge for support. If you have paid for support, contact your financial institution to report the charge as fraudulent. Also, make sure to review your Yahoo account's security"

PS: The email for this Forum (Light After Life) is a Yahoo email.
The current situation means that email notifications about new posts on the Forum are also affected, and members here (including myself as admin) will not have been receiving any such notifications of late. The problem is with Yahoo, and not related to the forum. Let's hope they get themselves sorted real soon!

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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 5:59 pm

In light of the recent issues with Yahoo email, the email address for Light After Life Forum has now changed:

The notification by email of new posts made on the Forum (if requested through a member's 'Preferences') should now show as
lightafterlifeforum (previously light_afterlife). The new notifications will come with '@ prefix - so please watch out for any such notification emails - in case they get filtered into your Spam/Junk folder, which sometimes happens with new addresses until it can be established that they are not spam, but legitimate addresses.

This change has been made as a result of members recently not receiving notification by email of new posts (through the Board's Yahoo email).

Notification emails from lightafterlifeforum should now arrive in member's inbox to notify you of new posts or a new private message made in the Forum, if this preference has been set by you.
Please note - these notifications will only be sent to the email address that you used to register on the forum with. If that initial email address has changed since date of registration, members can always change their email individually through their personal user control panel.
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Post by Misty on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 6:00 pm

I started to get notifications again. Not had any for some time. I thought it was just me.


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 6:03 pm

(originally posted on 22 Sep 2016 11:35 pm)

Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users

Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

The breach included swathes of personal information including names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.

It did not include any credit card data, the site said, adding it believed the attack was state-sponsored.
In July, Yahoo was sold to US telecoms giant Verizon for $4.8bn (£3.7bn).

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the attack.

Password change urged

News of a possible major attack on the technology firm emerged in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was apparently attempting to sell information on 200 million Yahoo accounts.

Yahoo on Thursday confirmed the breach was far bigger than first thought.

The data taken includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords.

Yahoo recommended all users should change their passwords if they had not done so since 2014.

Questions for Yahoo - Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter, San Francisco

The nature of the information stolen feels somewhat run of the mill - no payment info, and passwords were encrypted. Good. But the chain of events leading up to this unprecedented announcement gives rise to some incredibly pressing questions for Yahoo.

Why did Yahoo not know it had been attacked until a journalist told them? Why did it take so long for them to confirm the hack and its scale? Why did it take them so long to tell users and prompt them to protect themselves?

State-sponsored attacks are typically for political, not financial gain. So why were details being sold online?

What evidence is there that it was state-sponsored?

Verizon, which has agreed to buy Yahoo, said it had not been told until a couple of days ago - why not? And why is Marissa Mayer, a chief executive who has presided over bad deals and now the biggest breach in internet history, still in charge?

Verizon told the BBC it had learned of the hack "within the last two days" and said it had "limited information".

The company added: "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities.

"Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

Yahoo said in a statement: "Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry."

Reuters reported three unnamed US intelligence officials as saying they believed the attack was state-sponsored because it was similar to previous hacks linked to Russian intelligence agencies.

Nikki Parker, vice-president at security company Covata, said: "Yahoo is likely to come under intense scrutiny from regulators, the media and public and rightly so. Corporations can't shy away from data breaches and they must hold their hands up and show that they are committed to resolving the problem."

She added: "Let's hope the ink is dry on the contract with Verizon."

Questions are being asked about the length of time it took Yahoo to fully acknowledge the breach.

"It is really worrying that a breach from 2014 can have gone undetected for so long," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.

"It is also surprising the public statement took so long to appear.

Top 10 previous breaches

  • MySpace accounts - 359m
  • LinkedIn accounts - 164m
  • Adobe accounts - 152m
  • Badoo accounts - 112m
  • VK accounts - 93m
  • Dropbox accounts - 68m
  • tumblr accounts - 65m
  • iMesh accounts - 49m
  • Fling accounts - 40m
  • accounts - 37m

Source -

"I would have thought most companies had learned by now that early disclosure is better, even if you have to revise and update as you learn more.

"I can understand a few days delay to confirm the breach is genuine as fake data dumps are increasingly common, but six weeks seems rather too long."

The scale of the hack eclipses other recent, major tech breaches - such as MySpace (359 million), LinkedIn (164 million) and Adobe (152 million).

Yahoo was founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo and in its first decade was a pioneer of internet services.

It was once the most popular website in the US and the company was worth about $125bn, but Yahoo lost ground towards the end of the first decade of the century, leading to its purchase by Verizon.

Verizon's motivation for purchasing the struggling Yahoo was to simply gain its massive user base.

More than a billion people visit a Yahoo-owned site every month, and Verizon was hoping to use that to sell targeted advertising.

Yahoo Timeline

  • 1994 Yahoo - which stands for Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle - is founded
  • 2000 Yahoo valued at $125bn at height of boom
  • 2002 Google rejects a $3bn bid from Yahoo
  • 2008 Microsoft's $44.6bn offer for Yahoo is turned down
  • 2013 Blogging site Tumblr acquired by Yahoo for $1.1bn
  • 2015 Yahoo makes net loss of $4.4bn
  • 2016 Verizon agrees $4.8bn deal to buy Yahoo


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 6:08 pm

(originally posted on 24 Jan 2017 07:57 pm )

Yahoo Mail DOWN - Email service NOT WORKING as customers hit with login problems
YAHOO MAIL is experiencing a number of outages across the UK and Europe, with enraged customers left unable to access their email inbox or send new messages.

Yahoo Mail is believed to be experiencing issues across the UK and mainland Europe, with customers left unable to send, receive emails or login to the online service.

The issues were first reported around 13:30 GMT.

BT Mail customers have also been left unable to access their email accounts. Yahoo currently runs the system that powers BT email addresses.

Independent website Down Detector, which measures social mentions around a certain topic to track outages across the globe, shows problems throughout the UK and Europe.

Enraged customers have flooded social media to complain about the problems.

"So Yahoo Mail is down! almost died" one Yahoo Mail user tweeted.

"Hope it hasn't been hacked again :-( highly frustrating" another added.

Another posted: "Anyone having trouble with Yahoo mail?"

According to the latest crowd-sourced statistics from Down Detector, some 44 per cent of users have been left unable to login.

Meanwhile, 29 per cent and 26 per cent respectively are currently unable to receive or read emails on Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Mail have tweeted users who are having problems with the email service, writing "We are aware that some Yahoo Mail users are currently experiencing issues.

"We apologize to those affected" (sic)

This is not the first time the hugely-popular email service has had problems.

Last year, Yahoo Mail suffered an enormous outage, with thousands of customers left unable to access their email inbox for some 10 hours or so.

At the time, an administrator for Yahoo posted on a user forum, reassuring: "It has come to our attention that several customers are experience temporary errors or are about to start seeing them.

"This could be any error number as its a large outage. Our engineering team is aware and is working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible."

This latest issue comes at a bad time for Yahoo.

The global technology company admitted a fresh security breach to its systems resulted in the theft of personal information from at least one billion user accounts.

An investigation is still ongoing into the breach, which Yahoo said took place in 2013.

For those who use Yahoo Mail, here's how to check if your BT Mail account, Sky UK account or Yahoo Mail was hacked.

Here is how to change the password associated with your account.

"Yahoo has identified data security issues concerning certain Yahoo user accounts," the firm said in a statement.

"Yahoo has taken steps to secure user accounts and is working closely with law enforcement.

"As Yahoo previously disclosed in November, law enforcement provided the company with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data.


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 6:10 pm

as of 29 Jan 2017

   UPDATE – 15:30

   Yahoo Mail is now back online.

   A spokesperson for Yahoo told "Some Yahoo Mail users experienced issues today. We worked quickly on a fix, and functionality is now restored."

    Current date/time is Tue 22 Aug 2017, 10:07 am