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16th July 2013, 03:09 PM #1
Yahoo Offers Abandoned E-Mail Addresses For Re-Use
Link 1: Yahoo giving people chance to request up to 5 email addresses from pool of dead accounts | Fox News
Make your request for up to 5 Yahoo addresses via the wish list:
Link 2: Yahoo! Wish List
If you have old Yahoo! contacts that you haven't heard from in a while it might be time to delete them from your contacts otherwise you could be sending your message to a complete stranger.
16th July 2013, 03:17 PM #2
This looks like an accident waiting to happen...
Joe Bloggs registered an account with GambleYourCash.com a couple of years ago using email@example.com. He only used the site once, but registered his card for a free £10 bet and never went back because their odds were rubbish.
He then moved over to gmail and forgot about his old yahoo email.
Jim Bloggs now requests use of firstname.lastname@example.org and gets it. He signs up for GambleYourCash.com but is informed he's already registered, so gets sent a new password. Upon logging in, he sees good old Joe's card details are still sat there, so places a few £1,000 bets for a laugh.
[NOTE: GambleYourCash.com does not, as far as I'm aware, exist]
I know that's a very simple way of looking at it, and I know Yahoo claim they have measures in place to help sites recognise a recycled email address, but they can't honestly expect every webmaster in the world to start running additional checks on email addresses just because they've decided they want to offer this service.
I give it 3 months (from launch) before some major privacy breaches are reported because of somebody exploiting this service.
16th July 2013, 03:23 PM #3
You've hit the nail on the head there. Stupid idea from Yahoo.
Originally Posted by LosOjos
16th July 2013, 04:50 PM #4
- Rep Power
email@example.com? The guys dead so won't be needing it!!
17th July 2013, 07:58 AM #5
This is why I renewed my first domain, it's blackholing E-Mail from sites I used to sign up to a decade ago but forgot about.
Originally Posted by LosOjos
24th September 2013, 05:04 PM #6
24th September 2013, 05:17 PM #7
To be honest a gambling site would have their own controls to stop something like this - even with your own account you can't just go and deposit thousands straight away, you need to go through the whole 3D secure process to deposit money and I'm pretty sure a sudden £1000 deposit from a dormant account would flag up something on the betting sites fraud alerts
Originally Posted by LosOjos
26th September 2013, 03:20 PM #8
Well, that didn't take long: BBC News - Yahoo in recycled email privacy row
EDIT: whoops, just noticed @Arthur already posted about this - the man is an IT news machine!
Last edited by LosOjos; 26th September 2013 at 03:27 PM.
6th October 2013, 06:54 PM #9
Link: Microsoft is quietly recycling Outlook email accounts | PCWorld
...The Microsoft Services Agreement mentions that users are required to log in to their Microsoft accounts "periodically, at a minimum of every 270 days, to keep the Microsoft branded services portion of the services active." Otherwise "we may cancel your access" and "your data may be permanently deleted from our servers."
Microsoft does not mention the possibility that email account names will be recycled. The company confirms that this is the policy, however. When the account becomes inactive "the email account is automatically queued for deletion from our servers. Then, after a total of 360 days, the email account name is made available again," according to an email statement from Microsoft...
...Google, meanwhile, has confirmed to Webwereld that it does not recycle unused accounts. Users can delete their accounts, but this "won't free up your username. Once you delete your Gmail address, you won't be able to use that same username (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the future," Google says on its site...
6th October 2013, 06:59 PM #10
I just put in for my 5.
I asked for 5 accounts that were all expletives. I will see if I get any!
6th October 2013, 07:04 PM #11
Interesting: These 5 that you have requested: Did they exist before [have you asked for them to be recycled] or did you simply take this opportunity to ask for these expletive laden addresses to be created from new?
Originally Posted by hawc
6th October 2013, 07:11 PM #12
I don't know. I just filled in the form and paid.
6th October 2013, 07:22 PM #13
In regards to Debit/Credit card information, In theory it will depend on how long the account has been inactive before the card is removed. If I remember correct an active card only lasts around 3 years before you then get a new one so if someone was to leave the card details on an account then it would mean that it wouldn't be able to be used. The website that asks for such information, never gives the full details back to the owner of the account anyway it's always hidden apart from the last 4 digits of the card number & name of the account holder... so even if someone was to recover an account then they would not be able to do much in that sense.
It's the other information I would be more bothered about such as Address/Contact Number... If you registered your address and phone number... this could still be the same information although again someone can't really do much with it, knowing that some random person will know my address might be someone upsetting for some people?
Just saying... :-)
6th October 2013, 07:40 PM #14
@EduTech Your point about address is interesting. Imagine that a person had left home to escape their partner and the ex requested their person who had escaped email from yahoo and the escapee had abandoned their email? Then the escapee's partner would know their address and then be able to go 'round. I know someone who was in a similar state and found their information including their phone number on 192.com and the ex had found it. The ex of the escapee went 'round and tried to attack the escapee. Ended up calling the police and the police forcing the website to remove the data. (Sorry I got in to a ramble then!)
6th October 2013, 09:02 PM #15
$1.99 talk about money for old rope.
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