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AOL’s free email service may not be as popular nowadays compared to Outlook.com, Gmail or even Yahoo Mail. However, the service still has over 20 million accounts and on Monday, AOL said that it got hit with a cyber attack.
In a press release, the company said it started an internal investigation following reports of an increase of spam email that were spoofed from AOL Mail addresses. It added:
AOL’s investigation is still underway, however, we have determined that there was unauthorized access to information regarding a significant number of user accounts. This information included AOL users’ email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords and encrypted answers to security questions that we ask when a user resets his or her password, as well as certain employee information.
The unknown cyber criminal group is believed to have used this information to generate the spoofed email messages from about 2 percent of AOL’s email accounts; the company is now urging all of its email users to change their passwords.
The good news? AOL claims there is no evidence that any encryption methods on the passwords or security questions have been broken. There’s also no indication that any financial information such as credit card numbers were taken during the attack.
For a while, it was not looking good for Winamp. Its long time owner AOL announced a couple of months ago it would shut down development of the popular media player software on December 20th. However, that day came and went with the Winamp player and website still online and working, fueling Internet rumors that a deal to acquire the software was in the works.
Today, the Internet streaming audio company Radionomy confirmed previous rumors that it has bought Winamp from AOL, along with its related Shoutcast streaming audio service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch claims, via unnamed sources, that Radionomy paid between $5-10 million for the properties and AOL also bought a 12 percent stake in the company.
Radionomy launched in 2008 and in addition to letting users listen to Internet radio stations, it also offers tools to let people create their own online music or talk show stations they can host themselves. The company claims it currently has 13 million unique listeners.
In today’s press release, Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian stated they plan to develop “new functionalities” for Winamp “dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices and all other platforms.” The acquisition of Shoutcast will also expand Radionomy’s U.S. presence, with the company claiming that it will now be able to offer its listeners access to “approximately half of all streamed internet radio worldwide.”
Iconic media player Winamp and streaming media service Shoutcast will indeed live to see another day. AOL has sold the two properties to Radionomy, an international aggregator of online radio stations based in Brussels, Belgium, according to sources as reported by TechCrunch.
The two properties were scheduled to be discontinued on December 21 but when that date came and went without any change, people began to suspect something was going on behind the scenes. Eddy Richman from the Winamp team said he couldn’t comment on the matter at the time but said something was obviously going on.
Initial rumors from a month earlier suggested Microsoft was interested in purchasing the IP but that never came to pass.
Winamp’s nameservers have already been transferred to the new owner. The nameservers for Shoutcast are still in the possession of AOL as of writing. That could indicate that Radionomy only purchased Winamp or that the Shoutcast transition simply hasn’t happened yet but considering the TechCrunch report, the latter scenario seems most likely.
Radionomy is a free platform that can be used to create, discover and listen to radio stations over the Internet. The company, which boasts more than 6,000 online stations, helps producers create, broadcast and monetize their stations for free.
The deal is expected to be finalized by Friday at the latest, we’re told. We’ll keep an eye open for anything official from AOL or Radionomy in the interim.