Yahoo confirms 500 million accounts hacked
Yahoo confirms 500 million accounts hacked

Yahoo Reveals Massive Breach of Data from 500 Million Accounts

Yahoo on Thursday reported the largest data breach in history — affecting at least 500 million user accounts — months after first detecting signs of an intrusion that the company blamed on “state-sponsored” hackers.

The internet giant is urging its users to change their passwords, especially if it’s been a few years since doing so.

“Our emails are that central part of our online identity,” said cyber security expert Adam Doupe. “When you go to a website and forget your password, the first thing you do is click that ‘forget password’ link, which sends an email to your account with a link to change your password, so once someone has access to you email, they have access to all the websites you have an account on.”

The data stolen may have included names, passwords, telephone numbers and email addresses.

The company says the investigation shows no signs of the hacker in its system currently.


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