In July, Yahoo quietly announced (http://yahoo NULL.tumblr NULL.com/post/52805929240/yourname-yahoo-com-can-be-yours) that they were going to be looking at email accounts that have not been logged into over the past 12 months, resetting them and then making them available to anyone. If you had a yahoo email account that you hadn’t logged into for a while, you had until July 15th to log in, if you wanted to keep your account. I say the announcement was quiet, as it was made on the yahoo tumblr page, and I don’t recall seeing it on the yahoo homepage, on the yahoo email page (for those who have more than 1 yahoo email account you would assume it would have been on the email page), I don’t recall seeing other tech bloggers making a big deal about this news, or seeing it in the news media (keep in mind that even to slightest change on sites like Facebook, usually make the evening news).
If you didn’t log into your email by July 15th, and try to log into what was your Yahoo email account now, the following message appears
How This Came To Light
Last night I received this email on one of my other yahoo email accounts, informing me that Yahoo! email addresses from my address book that are no longer valid have been removed.
When I 1st saw this email, I though this could be a scam email, but I also received the following email from General Motors that says that they “have been informed by Yahoo! that they intend to reissue inactive email addresses this month”.
After seeing both of these email, I started doing my research and found the notice on Yahoo’s Tumblr page about the email repo. I then went in and checked my email accounts and found that I had lost one of my Yahoo email accounts. I had 3 accounts set up, 1 for business use, 1 for friends/family, and 1 for any account that needed some sort of authorization but where I didn’t want to be bothered with “junk” mail afterwards. Of course, I regularly signed into my business and friends/family accounts, but the 3rd account was just there and that’s the one I lost.
Have you ever used your yahoo email to sign up for anything (amazon, websites for anyone you pay a bill to, Netflix, etc.)? Did you enter your credit card details on those websites? Do any of those sites send regular announcements / offers via email (which is the reason I kept that 3rd email account)?
The concern I have is the following
- Sites that you signed up with using the Yahoo email address may not be aware that the address was repossessed by yahoo
- Sites continue to send the address you used, ad’s or messages
- The person who gets your old email address gets one of these ad’s or messages, go to the site that sent the email, click “lost password” and get access to one of your accounts
- At which point, they have your details.
What Can You Do
Unfortunately at this point you can’t do much as Yahoo has already taken away the email addresses. If you use that address still or if at some point used the yahoo address on a non-yahoo site that also included storing credit card information (or if you are not sure if you saved credit card details), I would recommend going back to those sites now and removing your details or editing the email that you use to sign in with. If it’s a site that you don’t use anymore or if you are just not sure if you did in the past, you may want to contact your financial institution (Bank, Credit Union, Credit Card), and find out from them what they recommend.
Source: Yahoo (http://yahoo NULL.tumblr NULL.com/post/52805929240/yourname-yahoo-com-can-be-yours)