AOL Users Account Still Gets Security Breach


AOL Users Account Still Gets Security Breach. Company finally confirms that their Email system gets spam attack and user accounts were compromised by attackers. The information included your email ID, encrypted passwords, answers to security questions, postal addresses and address book information.

AOL said in blog,

" The ongoing investigation of this serious criminal activity is our top priority,” AOL said. “Our security team has put enhanced protective measures in place and we urge our users to take proactive steps to help ensure the security of their accounts."

" AOL's investigation is still underway, however, we have determined that there was unauthorized access to information regarding a significant number of user accounts. This information included AOL users' email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords and encrypted answers to security questions that we ask when a user resets his or her password, as well as certain employee information. We believe that spammers have used this contact information to send spoofed emails that appeared to come from roughly 2% of our email accounts."

AOL said to Market Watch,

We are working closely with federal authorities to pursue this investigation to its resolution.Our security team has put enhanced protective measures in place and we urge our users to take proactive steps to help ensure the security of their accounts.

Whereas company spokesperson denied to say that how many accounts were compromised.

Just last week AOL mail was hacked with spoofed accounts sending spam. On Twitter hashtag #aolhacked already became trend.

Solution:
- > Change your passwords immediately. 

- > If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond or click on any links or attachments in the email.

 - > When in doubt about the authenticity of an email you have received, contact the sender to confirm that he or she actually sent it.

 - > Never provide personal or financial information in an email to someone you do not know. AOL will never ask you for your password or any other sensitive personal information over email. 

- > If you believe you are a victim of spoofing, consider letting your friends know that your emails may have been spoofed and to avoid clicking the links in suspicious emails. 

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