If you have an AOL Mail account or use any other of its services, it’s about time to change your password because the company has recently announced about the huge breach that has affected “a significant number” of its accounts (according to the latest data, they are talking about 2% or 500.000 of accounts).
By the way, it seems that you should also think about new security questions because there is a huge possibility that the old ones, together with postal addresses, contacts and similar data, have also been encrypted. Thanks god, AOL guarantees that people shouldn’t be worried about their financial information and its security.
It seems that the company was affected about a week ago when people started reporting about spam campaigns coming from AOL accounts. Some of these mails were filled with links leading victims to malicious sites or, when opened on Android-running devices, infecting them with Trojan horses. Typically, they included such intriguing phrases as “Have you already seen it”?, “How are you?” and similar.
According to official reports, AOL hasn’t detected what hides behind this criminal activity. However, they have already started working with an external forensics team and federal investigators to find out who has managed to gain an unauthorized access to their network.