The next huge Internet company has admitted that it was hacked. Yahoo just announced that the account information for at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, in the biggest known intrusion of one company’s computer network. Yahoo said names, email addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, passwords and security questions were compromised in 2014.
“We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor”, Bob Lord, Yahoo’s chief information security officer, said. “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. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter.”
“An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats”, Bob continues. “Industry, government, and users are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries. Through strategic proactive detection initiatives and active response to unauthorized access of accounts, Yahoo will continue to strive to stay ahead of these ever-evolving online threats and to keep our users and our platforms secure.” If you’re a Yahoo user, for whatever reason, you should change your password immediately! Like in… now!
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