Cyber attack forces Telecom to cancel email passwords
Telecom has tonight begun cancelling the current passwords of around 60,000 Yahoo! Xtra email accounts it believes have been compromised following a cyber attack last weekend.
These additional 60,000 customers, on top of the existing 15,000 that Telecom has been contacting over the past few days, will now be required to enter new password information when logging into their email account.
The company says the move is aimed at protecting its email customers and preventing information contained within their emails being accessed - although to date there is no confirmed evidence by Yahoo! that this has occurred.
Retail CEO Chris Quin says they're taking the matter very seriously.
"(We) urge those whose passwords have been cancelled to create new passwords.
"However, it's advisable for all others that have not changed their password, to do so immediately both on their computer, but also on mobile devices and tablets," he says.
Mr Quin says they apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused.