Yahoo: Over 1 billion accounts have been compromised

Yahoo confirms over 1 billion user accounts have been compromised.

@anthony256
Published Thu, Dec 15 2016 3:09 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

Yahoo has confirmed that over 1 billion user accounts have been compromised, with the breach dating back to August 2013.

Yahoo: Over 1 billion accounts have been compromised | TweakTown.com

The stolen user data includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and even unencrypted security questions. Thankfully, financial information such as bank account and credit card data is held in a different server, with Yahoo saying that server was not affected - hopefully.

The company is now in the process of notifying all affected users, asking them to change their passwords - but as for the unencrypted security questions, Yahoo has invalidated them. It was only back in September that we reported over 500 million Yahoo account details were leaked in a breach in 2014, with forensic experts stating that the two hacks aren't related.

However, Yahoo knew about the hacks in 2014 - and didn't say anything. The bigger question is the $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon, but I'm sure with this recent data breach of 1 billion user accounts, Yahoo will have to drop that price considerably. Also, if I were Verizon, I'd rename Yahoo to FFS.

NEWS SOURCE:techspot.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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