500m Users Hit by Yahoo Hack

In the largest publicly disclosed cyber breach in history, Yahoo says “state sponsored” hackers stole information from about 500 million users.

The hack took place in 2014, but has only now been made public.The breach included personal information such as names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.

Yahoo said the stolen data in the attack included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords but no credit card data.

Yahoo said the information was stolen by “what we believe is a state-sponsored actor” but did not say which country it held responsible.Yahoo is recommending all users should change their passwords if they have not done so since 2014.

Reuters reported three unnamed US intelligence officials believe the attack was state-sponsored becauseof its similarity to previous hacks linked to Russian intelligence agencies.

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