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Yahoo Voice hack leaks 450,000 passwords
Usernames and unencrypted passwords posted online after hack attack on Yahoo Voice network
More than 450,000 usernames and unencrypted passwords appear to have been stolen from Yahoo Voice, a user-contribution services on Yahoo's network, and posted online.
Similar attacks have been reported separately against other online services, including Android Forums and Formspring, where users are being encouraged to change their passwords immediately, and to check whether they used the same password on other services.
It is not known whether the attacks are linked. Both Formspring and Android Forums encrypted the passwords that they stored, although that is not a guarantee that they cannot be cracked.
However the Yahoo attack is potentially the most serious. Yahoo bought Associated Content for $100m (£64.5m) in May 2010, and then set it up as Yahoo Voices, allowing user-generated content to be posted online.
Nothing is really safe in the modern era when it comes to privacy and your personal information. Keep all your passwords different (use RoboForm to keep track) and you at least have a small layer of security.