Yahoo confirms security breach: 500 million accounts compromised

September 25, 2016

Breach happened in 2014.

Yahoo has confirmed that a security breach that has happened in 2014 and claimed that a ‘state-sponsored’ actor was behind the attack.

The data leak includes various information like emails, addresses, telephone number, dates of birth and even customer’s security questions.

” A recent investigation by Yahoo has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected. Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo’s network,” the company said in a statement.

If you have a Yahoo account, chances are it is part of the millions of accounts that were compromised. Even if you say that your passwords have changed, there is still a good chance that a hacker can scan your emails and find other logins to your other accounts.

Yahoo has listed important security recommendations to safeguard your account on their Tumblr page.

This comes after word that Verizon is buying a big stake for the once top internet company – which is valued at almost $5 billion dollars.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.