Online account compromise occurs regularly and will probably continue in the foreseeable future. Often hackers employ botnets to hijack accounts from millions of unsuspecting consumers. In turn, these hijacked accounts are sold and used to initiate email scams, with messages seemingly sent from the legitimate account owners to their contacts. Scams can range from the less harmful check this cool stuff advertising spam to the more damaging send money to help your friend email. Worse still, the scam emails may contain malicious links that lead to the installation of malware on computers, which then makes the computers part of the ever-growing botnet networks.
To thwart account compromise, Yahoo! is introducing a stronger user authentication feature that aims to prevent account hijackers with a stolen password from accessing a person's account. If you have a Yahoo! account, you can now further protect it by activating this new second sign-in verification feature from Yahoo! AccountRead More »from Yahoo! Introduces Stronger User Authentication – Second Sign-in Verification