AOL Hack Causes Zombie Spam

Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 29, 2014

04-29-14 CNN graphic AOL Zombie spamNEW YORK (CNNMoney, April 29, 2014) — Whether or not you use AOL, a recently exposed mass hack of the company’s network promises trouble for everybody.

AOL users: Hackers stole “a significant number” of email addresses, passwords, contact lists, postal addresses and answers to security questions, the company said in a blog post Monday. Anyone of the company’s 120 million account holders might be affected. Judging by AOL’s description of the incident, that total number could well be in the tens of millions. But AOL isn’t giving any details about the incident for now.

Non-AOL users: Watch out for spam that looks like it came from you or your friends’ AOL accounts.

It’s a double whammy that’s shows just how annoying hackers can be when they loot our contact lists.