More Than One Billion Users Affected By Yahoo Hack

More Than One Billion Users Affected By Yahoo Hack
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Yahoo has disclosed that more than one billion user accounts may have been affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013. The breach is believed to be separate and distinct from the theft of data from 500 million accounts that Yahoo reported this September.

Yahoo’s chief information security officer Bob Lord says that the company hasn’t been able to determine how the data from the one billion accounts was stolen. “We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft”

“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,” Lord added.

The company, which is being taken over by Verizon, said it is working closely with the police and authorities.

The hack has taken place in 2014, and Yahoo has come under pressure to disclose why it took so long for the breach to be made public.

 

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