Yahoo Has ‘Temporarily’ Disable Auto Email Forwarding

Posted by at 11:42 am on October 11, 2016

According to the Associated Press, Yahoo disabled automatic email forwarding at the beginning of the month.

Like postal mail forwarding, the electronic version automatically sends a copy of incoming messages from one account (Yahoo) to another (Gmail). Users who previously set up the function are unaffected. Those folks, however, trying to cut ties after Yahoo’s massive data breach are having a tough time.

 

But the timing of these renovations, as the AP points out, is “extremely suspicious.”

Yahoo in September confirmed that data associated with at least 500 million users accounts was stolen in a 2014 breach of its network by a “state-sponsored actor.” Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and possibly encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers were stolen.

A report last week, meanwhile, claimed that Yahoo has scanned customers’ incoming emails at the request of US intelligence officials. According to Reuters, the company built a custom software program to search users’ messages for specific information. Yahoo pushed back, saying the story “is misleading” and that “the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.”

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