back to article 'I found a bug that let anyone read anyone's Yahoo! Mail and all I got was this $10k check'

A security researcher says he bagged $10k after discovering and reporting a serious flaw in Yahoo! Mail that could have been exploited by crooks to read victims' messages. Jouko Pynnönen says he reported the vulnerability in Yahoo! Mail via bug-bounty organizers HackerOne. "The impact of the bug is similar to the one I …

  1. Fizzle
    Headmaster

    Check the cheque

    That'll be $10k cheque dumbass.

    Why don't you check it's cheque for yourself? I suggest a good English dictionary such as the "Oxford".

    1. DNTP

      Re: Check the cheque

      This is like the huge fight we had at my company over weather the word "fax" as in "fax machine" was an acronym (it's not!), except that argument was actually funny and no one got called a dumbass.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Check the cheque

        >This is like the huge fight we had at my company over weather the word "fax" as in "fax machine" was an acronym (it's not!), except that argument was actually funny and no one got called a dumbass.

        It's whether.

        1. DNTP

          Re: weather

          Yeah I did that ironically, I thought it would be funny.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Go

          Re: Check the cheque

          "It's whether."

          It's spelled whether.

      2. Ilsa Loving

        Re: Check the cheque

        *whether

        I mean, since it's obviously Needlessly Pedantic Day, judging from the rest of the comments.

      3. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Check the cheque

        ""fax" as in "fax machine" was an acronym (it's not!)"

        I always understood it to be short for facsimile.

      4. gentry_lucas

        Re: Check the cheque

        whether not weather...

    2. notanumber
      Facepalm

      Re: Check the cheque

      >That'll be $10k cheque dumbass.

      That'll be dumbarse, dumbarse.

    3. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Check the cheque

      Here in the US it's check.

      C.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Check the cheque

        Do you notice that .co.uk in the address bar?

        1. liac

          Re: Check the cheque

          Agree with the URL comment...in this case, "when in (virtual) Rome....do as the Romans do".

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Check the cheque

          "Do you notice that .co.uk in the address bar?"

          So whenever you post to a ".com" site, do you use U.S. spelling? I'm a Canadian so I am bilingual - I read and write both kinds of English.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Check the cheque

        Its a check in the US....Well it shouldn't be!

    4. MR J

      Re: Check the cheque

      I like how you point the writer towards Oxford but failed to do that yourself.

      https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/check

      Noun - 4

      US spelling of cheque

      Example sentences

      ‘He sent divorce papers for Rose to sign and a check for ten thousand dollars "to tide you over."’

  2. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Yahoo! is! in! the! USA!

    So it's a "check."

    The more interesting point is that Yahoo still had $10000.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Misread as $10

    And though that was a typical response from Yahoo.

    1. Adam 1

      Re: Misread as $10

      You are right. It was a terrible misunderstanding. The cheque was actually for $10!!!

  4. Ilsa Loving

    Good old Bobby Tables

    Yahoo needs to read more XKCD:

    https://xkcd.com/327/

  5. Steve Knox

    $10,000?

    That's, like $1,000 per Yahoo! mail user!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: $10,000?

      Nope, since ATT uses them. I use to do DSL support for ATT first month there I was like how are so many off ATT customers are having their email hacked.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yahoo is the US so it's check.

    cheque in the US is a bill. I'll get the cheque.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
      Joke

      "Yahoo is the US"

      They're more screwed than I thought then.

    2. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

      "is the US so it's check."

      wasnt the word 'check' already used?

      did anyone check?

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