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YAHOO admits: data of 500million users were hacked

On Thursday, Yahoo revealed a massive security breach which it said affects at least 500 million users accounts, amid the ongoing sale of its core business.

The Yahoo hack involves more victims than any other cyber hacking incident in history. Yahoo says that a copy of some user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it claims is a state-sponsored actor. The stolen information includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and encrypted security questions and answers.

News of the breach was first revealed in August of this year. A well known hacker by the name of Peace_of_Mind or Peace claimed that he had available for sale 200 million Yahoo user names and passwords for $1,900 total. According to the Wall Street Journal, Peace had previously sold data from breaches at Myspace and LinkedIn.

If you have a Yahoo account, including Yahoo Mail or Flickr, you should change your password.


PS change password to protect your account two years after the hack….?

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