December 14, 2016
Yahoo Announces Hack Affecting One Billion Users
Believe it or not, Yahoo has been hit with another massive cybersecurity attack. Yahoo has confirmed a hack affecting over one billion users. If you thought their recent attack affecting 500 million users was bad, that was child’s play compared to the latest news.
Yahoo currently has not identified how the breach occurred but has traced the breach back to an unauthorised party gaining access in August 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo has taken steps to secure account and is working with law enforcement. As with the previous breach in September, compromised data includes names, email addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and passwords.
Yahoo has offered some tips to help users protect their account:
Change your passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you used the same or similar information used for your Yahoo account
Review all of 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
Consider using Yahoo Account Key, an authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo
For more information, users can view Yahoo’s Safety Center page.