Yahoo!: We detected a login attempt with valid password to your Yahoo! account from an unrecognised device

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An email I received today, but I wonder how genuine many of these emails are?


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Is it an attempt to get my password?
Is it real?
Does Yahoo! include links in their emails?

Am I just Paranoid ? 😉

THE ANSWER IS:

I am not paranoid enough

It was a genuine email from Yahoo


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Emails from Yahoo DO include links in them

It was an actual login from someone in Argentina

My account activity on Yahoo now shows:

Apr 15, 2013 9:14 PM Browser Mail Access Argentina
Apr 15, 2013 9:14 PM Yahoo!7 Mobile Logged In Argentina

Someone in Argentina did access my account.  However, they may have felt it was a waste of time, as the only email in the account was  one titled:  Welcome to Yahoo!  I don’t actually use the account 😉

I suppose they may have been able to use it to send out scam emails though…    But I have no contacts in that account either.

It does highlight the need to be extra cautious with accounts.  If this had happened with my main account, it would have been a very different story.

 

Hi xxxxxx,

We detected a login attempt with valid password to your Yahoo! account from an unrecognised device on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 10:14 AM ART.

Location: Argentina (IP=190.230.193.13)

Note: The location is based on information from your Internet service or wireless provider.

Was this you? If so, you can disregard the rest of this email.

If this wasn’t you, please follow the links below to protect your Yahoo! account information from potential future account compromise:

* Activate second sign-in verification with your mobile phone
* Review your login activity
* Change your password
* Update your account password reset info

To learn how sign-in alerts like this one can help you to protect your account information, please visit the Help Centre.

Sincerely,

Yahoo! Account Services


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More attacks, but from Venezuela, and successfull, with spam emails then being sent to all contacts in the users Yahoo mail and Messenger accounts.