AOL Mail hit by cyber attack; asks users to change passwords

AOL's free email service may not be as popular nowadays compared to Outlook.com, Gmail or even Yahoo Mail. However, the service still has over 20 million accounts and on Monday, AOL said that it got hit with a cyber attack.

In a press release, the company said it started an internal investigation following reports of an increase of spam email that were spoofed from AOL Mail addresses. It added:

AOL's investigation is still underway, however, we have determined that there was unauthorized access to information regarding a significant number of user accounts. This information included AOL users' email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords and encrypted answers to security questions that we ask when a user resets his or her password, as well as certain employee information.

The unknown cyber criminal group is believed to have used this information to generate the spoofed email messages from about 2 percent of AOL's email accounts; the company is now urging all of its email users to change their passwords.

The good news? AOL claims there is no evidence that any encryption methods on the passwords or security questions have been broken. There's also no indication that any financial information such as credit card numbers were taken during the attack.

Source: AOL | Image via AOL

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It's been a long time since I used AOL, but aren't your credentials the same for email and instant messenger? If so you would be affected and should change your password to be safe.

well i just tried to sign into AOL on aol.com with my messenger credentials and it did sign it but it appears it JUST signed me up for email service. so i assume i would be in the clear since it appears it JUST made my email account?

I don't use AOL mail, but it's not a bad "free" email layout, too bad it doesn't have MFA...

But the interface is pretty clean, also Altomail is a pretty cool web program and very useful for people that has numerous different email accounts...

Okay... I think that's all I can say in AOL's defense...

Yep,
I have 2 junk accounts there that I've had since back in the day that they used to send out those coasters!

To be honest and I know no one here is going to believe this, but I prefer AOL's mail over that crap Gmail any day! Gmail and everything Google just sucks green donkey d**k, IMO! Don't use either for anything other than junk though! :)

same. for me it was quite funny asking them what they're e-mail was. getting a response like MicroGoogApple. and then its AOL and you're like wtf.

and before any idiot say's that's the same as the amount of Nintendo wii-u users, well you can £$%^ off!

and I know this is off-topic but why no news on the Mario Kart 8 / wii-u bundle?

mulligan2k said,
AOL Mail hit by cyber attack; asks users to change passwords

both of them?

Hey, I know someone who uses AOL email!


So I wonder who the other person affected was?

Simon Fowkes said,
well you can £$%^ off

You have the £ symbol on your keyboard. This disqualifies any comments you have. MURICA.

Blueclub said,
People still use AOL?

It appears so, we have a lot of orders on our eCommerce website from customers who have an AOL email address.