Written: December 15, 2016

Another Data Breach at Yahoo

Many of us have online accounts for business or entertainment, however when they get hacked then our personal data has been stolen too, which could place¬†your financial life in trouble. Today I received a notice from Yahoo about their latest data breach, here’s what they had to say:

Yahoo data breach

Dear Daniel,

We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that may involve your Yahoo account information. We have taken steps to secure your account and are working closely with law enforcement.

What Happened?

Law enforcement provided Yahoo in November 2016 with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. We analyzed this data with the assistance of outside forensic experts and found that it appears to be Yahoo user data. Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, we believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with a broader set of user accounts, including yours. We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft. We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed on September 22, 2016.

What Information Was Involved?

The stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Not all of these data elements may have been present for your account. The investigation indicates that the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. Payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system we believe was affected.

What We Are Doing

We are taking action to protect our users:

  • We are requiring potentially affected users to change their passwords.
  • We invalidated unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account.
  • We continuously enhance our safeguards and systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.

What You Can Do

We encourage you to follow these security recommendations:

  • Change your passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you used the same or similar information used for your Yahoo account.
  • Review all of your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

Additionally, please consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo altogether.

For More Information

For more information about this issue and our security resources, please visit the Yahoo Security Issues FAQs page available at https://yahoo.com/security-update.

Protecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen our defenses.


Bob Lord

Chief Information Security Officer


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Easy Nivo Slider

Easy Nivo SLiderMy new WordPress site uses several useful plugins and I’ve enjoyed having Easy Nivo Slider on my Home page to rotate four Posts, however with the WordPress 3.2.1 update this plugin plain stopped working.

I did some quick searching on the WordPress support forums and found out that I was not alone. Others had seen Javascript errors, so I browsed my Home page using Firefox with the Error Console turned on. Sure enough, in the Javascript for this plugin I found an error which was breaking it. My first response was to just comment out line 97 in a file called:


That simple hack made Easy Nivo Slider start working again.

Hopefully the author will read the Forums, find the bug, fix it, and I can get an officially updated and supported plugin.

In the meantime my Home page is working with a sequence of four rotating images that can be clicked.

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4 responses to “Easy Nivo Slider”

  1. Great fix! I too use Nivo Slider in both Joomla and WordPress installs. It’s great to see someone sharing the fix rather than just the problem.

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Daniel Payne says:


    Glad to help out. Google is a wonderful way to find out about a problem, then a little ingenuity to fix this Javascript glitch in Nivo Slider.

  3. Chris Raymond says:

    So what is the code at line 97 to comment out? I don’t have a text editor that shows line numbers.

  4. Daniel Payne says:

    I’ve stopped using this Plugin and instead coded up a Custom page template for my Home page where the slider is, then used jQuery and the Nivo Slider code from http://nivo.dev7studios.com/.

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