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AOL Admits to Hacked User Accounts and Possible Data Breach

by Jacob Kleinman | April 28, 2014April 28, 2014 9:00 pm PDT

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AOL confirmed on Monday that a “significant number” of user accounts were recently hacked, though for now the company seems confident that no vital information was accessed. The hackers were allegedly unable to break the encryptions for personal passwords, security questions or financial data.

In a report, AOL says it noticed something wrong after the number of spoofed spam emails in its system began to increase drastically. These emails were edited to appear to be sent from a real person so the recipients would open the malicious email and download a virus. The company says it is contacting affected users, but encourages anyone concerned to change their individual password and security question.

It’s been a rough few weeks for Internet security. Earlier today Microsoft revealed that an exploit in Internet Explorer could put any remaining Windows XP users at risk. The news of Heartbleed also called into question the security of a number of popular websites, including Google and Facebook. Hopefully at the end of the day AOL’s security problems won’t amount to much compared to these other issues. If you are concerned, however, you should change your password just in case.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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