1 Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked, Biggest Breach In History

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 1:08am CST | by , in News | Technology News

 

1 billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked, Biggest Breach in History
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Yahoo on Wednesday disclosed a new security breach that may have affected more than one billion accounts. The breach dates back to 2013 and is thought to be separate from a massive cybersecurity incident announced in September.

Yahoo now believes an "unauthorized third party" stole user data from more than one billion accounts in August 2013. That data may have included names, e-mail addresses and passwords, but not financial information, the company announced.

The company will notify users who may be affected and has begun requiring users to change their passwords.

The security incident, likely one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever, comes less than three months after Yahoo admitted data from at least 500 million accounts had been stolen.

That earlier breach, which Yahoo has attributed to a "state-sponsored actor", is "likely distinct" from the newly disclosed breach, according to the company.

What Yahoo Users need to do:

Yahoo encourage its users to visit the Safety Center page for recommendations on how to stay secure online. Some important recommendations we’re re-emphasizing today include the following:

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.

 

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

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