Data Of 500 Million Users Potentially Compromised In Yahoo Breach

Sep 23, 2016

Data Of 500 Million Users Potentially Compromised In Yahoo Breach

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity Ransomware

Are you one of the 500 million Yahoo users whose accounts may have been compromised?

Yahoo said they are notifying potentially affected users and taking steps to protect them. Yahoo believes the breach, which occurred in 2014, may have been carried about by a “state-sponsored actor”, according to CNN.

The breach includes usernames, passwords, personal information and other email addresses outside of Yahoo. However, Yahoo believes sensitive financial data like bank account numbers and credit card data are not included in the stolen information.

Much like the case with the LinkedIn breach, weak passwords are to blame. Here are a few tips from Yahoo on how to keep your accounts safe:

  • Change your password and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you used the same or similar information used for your Yahoo account.
  • Review 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.

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