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Yahoo hack: Here’s everything we know and how to Protect Yourself

Yahoo hack: It’s a cyber catastrophe. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed a massive security breach that hackers steal personal information for over 500 million accounts.
This is really a big deal because the company runs a number of services, many of which require a Yahoo account to log in too. Flickr, for instance, was bought by Yahoo in 2005 – and as a result suggests that everyone who uses it logs in with a Yahoo account, Yahoo Answer also require users to login with Yahoo account. so before yelling ” I don’t Use Yahoo mail” be sure you don’t use any of Yahoo service, because if you do, you probably have Yahoo account.

Yahoo Confirmed the news

We have confirmed, based on a recent investigation, that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from our network in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected.
What information was stolen?

The stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected.

What is Yahoo doing to protect my account?

We have taken action to protect our users, including:

  • We are notifying affected users.
  • We are asking affected users to promptly change their passwords and adopt alternate means of account verification.
  • We invalidated unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account.
  • We are recommending that all users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 do so.
  • We continue to enhance our systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.

Is there anything I can do to protect my Yahoo account?

Yahoo is recommending that people who haven’t changed their password since 2014 do so now. The company says the passwords that hackers stole were encrypted — scrambled up with a tool called bcrypt. This kind of encryption can potentially be broken with enough persistence, said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, a nonprofit group that vets login systems.

Yahoo Encourage users to follow these security recommendations:

Change your password and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you use the same or similar credentials as the ones 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.

Additionally, please consider using Yahoo’s Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password altogether.

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