The Register is claiming an exclusive on the news that the UK data regulator (ICO) is to investigate BT over claims that email accounts were having their security compromised.
The size of Yahoo! and popularity of its webmail platform has always made it a prime target for spammers and those attempting to crack the system and we reported on the problems a year ago and based on the people who come to us for help there are still on-going issues and even when Yahoo! warns people to change passwords there is the worry whether that warning is real or not.
The latest problems arise from a Critical Path (now called Openwave) whistle blower who disclosed in documents that The Register has seen that Critical Path may have exposed user credentials en masse, and that logging of the network may have also stored the credentials. It is not clear if any of these lapses have given spammers another batch of details or not, or whether this is theoretical and only a problem if an employer decided to lift the data and sell it to the highest bidder on the black market.
The security landscape is changing and with increasing broadband speeds and more powerful routers in the home, even these are being attacked, usually with DNS redirects being used. The advice to use different passwords for every login you have is becoming ever more important, as is changing the default admin credentials on any broadband router you have.