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200 million Yahoo credentials may be for saleThe seller goes by the name "Peace" and has been linked to breaches at LinkedIn and Twitter. Yahoo users should probably change passwords just in case.
200 million Yahoo! logins may be for sale. A seller going by the name of peace of mind is currently selling what is claimed to be 200 million Yahoo! user credentials. The data is available for sale publicly at the price of three bitcoins. That's around 1800 US dollars or around 1400 British pounds. The seller's also known as peace. This hacker has been connected to the LinkedIn breach that saw Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account hacked. Peace also has ties to a MySpace hack that compromised over 300 million accounts, and a Twitter breach affecting over 70 million accounts. Yahoo says it is aware of the sale, but has not confirmed whether the data is legitimate. The breach was first reported by Motherboard. The publication also obtained 5,000 records. In its limited tests of two dozen, Motherboard found many to be valid Yahoo! credentials. Peace told Motherboard that he's privately traded the Yahoo! data that he's now publicly selling. He also said the data is most likely from 2012. So, should you panic, if you have or had a Yahoo! account? According to Zach Whittaker, Security Editor for ZDNet, maybe not. He says that data sold by Peace are hit or miss. Since the data could date back to 2012, it's likely that the majority of credentials for sale may not work. Whittaker added that the Yahoo! data was not likely due to a new hack. It could be the product of a larger hack. Someone would find all the Yahoo email addresses related to that hack and test already exposed passwords in the case that password was used on multiple sites. And that does it for us. I'm Iyaz Akhtar and you can keep up with the hottest tech news at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]