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    Major Yahoo Hack - 500 Million Accounts Breached

    Yahoo! announced today that up to 500 million user accounts were hacked back in late 2014.

    According to the Yahoo press release, the stolen data may include your names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, passwords and even some cases of encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

    An interesting bit of this data breach is that Yahoo is blaming a “state-sponsored actor”. Though they are quick to also say that there is no evidence that this actor is still poking around the Yahoo networks.

    My advice: change your Yahoo password and related security questions and security answers. Never use that password or those security questions and answers anywhere else. And look into finally getting a password manager, if you don't already use one.

    Want to do more to protect yourself: look into identity protection services. Especially think about getting one that monitors internet activity for transactions involving your personal information.

  2. Major Yahoo Hack - 500 Million Accounts Breached
  3. #2
    Registered User Enthusiast
    The White House email was hacked. Why would you think your free email account would be any different?

  4. #3
    Registered User Senior Member
    One big benefit of credit monitoring services is they monitor your personal info in places your credit report cannot reach: the dark web.

  5. #4
    Wow! The White House and Yahoo! hacks revealed on the same day.

    As a reminder, there is a lot more practical stuff you can do to help keep your identity and personal information secure. Check out our 28 Steps to Protect Your ID Online and Offline to learn more.

  6. #5
    Registered User Senior Member
    The breach happens back in 2014. And they tell us at the end of 2016. I'm wondering how long they kept the lid on this.

  7. #6
    Registered User Semi Pro Member
    According to Yahoo, they will notify potentially affected customers. I decided not to wait, and took the step of changing my password today. And I plan on updating security questions on other sites I use as I go along.

  8. #7
    Registered User Pro Member
    Interesting developments here as Yahoo is being sued for gross negligence and there is growing scrutiny over when Yahoo knew of the hack.

  9. #8
    Registered User Enthusiast
    I was reading that Yahoo discovered the hack back in 2014. And they are blaming Russia.

  10. #9
    Registered User Enthusiast
    Verizon considers the breach to be material enough to consider renegotiating the takeover deal.

  11. #10
    Registered User Junior Member
    I agree with The Frugal. One good benefit about identity theft protection services is that they lookout for your info being bought and sold in the dark web. I personally am a member of LifeLock and they have alerted me about this in the past.

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