Yahoo Discloses Another Hack Over 1 Billion User Accounts Breached
Today's company disclosed that its users got Hacked and Breached more than one Billion user accounts.
Bob Lord, Yahoo's chief information security officer said, As we previously disclosed in November, law enforcement provided us with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. We analyzed this data with the assistance of outside forensic experts and found that it appears to be Yahoo user data.
Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, we believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft. We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed on September 22, 2016.
For potentially affected accounts, the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
The investigation indicates that the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. Payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system the company believes was affected, added Lord.
HOC reported in September, Over Yahoo 500 Million User Accounts Got Hacked.
This was awkward time for Yahoo because the Verizon deal is already in progress its about $4.8 billion which is expected to close in first quarter of next year. Verizon might ask for a $1 billion discount on the company.
How To Protect your 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; and
- Consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo altogether.