Internet giant Yahoo has fixed the security flaw that allowed hackers to steal more than 450,000 unencrypted passwords of its customers' accounts.
Yahoo said in a statement: "We have taken swift action and have now fixed this vulnerability, deployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo users, enhanced our underlying security controls and are in the process of notifying affected users. In addition, we will continue to take significant measures to protect our users and their data."
The company explained that the information that was published by members of the hacking group D33Ds Company stemmed from users who had signed up with the Associated Content site before it was bought by Yahoo in 2010.
If affected users attempt to log into their Yahoo accounts they'll be presented with a series of authentication questions before having to change their profile information. Yahoo is also recommending that other users should change their passwords regularly.
The D33Ds Company hackers claimed that they hacked into the password database using a simple SQL injection attack. Yahoo now says that hole is fixed and additional security procedures have been implemented.
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