500 million Yahoo users data stolen
Yahoo Inc. says its 500 million users data has been stolen by ‘State-sponsored’ hackers. The stolen information includes personal information including names, email addresses, telephone number, date of births, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions and answers.
This data breach is the largest in the history of any disclosed cyber-breach and took place in 2014, but Yahoo has disclosed it now.
As news reports suggest, Yahoo is recommending all users to change passwords if they have not done so since 2014.
The Company said the information was “stolen by what we believe is a state-sponsored” act, but did not disclose the country responsible.
In July ’16, Yahoo has agreed to sell its internet business to Verizon communications Inc. for $4.83billion.
Steps to secure Yahoo mail account
- Change your password immediately.
- Activate Two Factor Authentication (2FA) 2FA sends a code to a smartphone or cell phone every time you attempt to log into your account and unless said code is entered, along with the password, entry will be denied.
- 3.Whenever any data break is reported, phishers send bogus mails to update password. Never follow the link to update in email. Instead go directly to service concerned and update password.
- Use password manager softwares to manage passwords. Several free softwares are available. In case Mac build in password manager does the task for you.
- Ensure password selected unique, difficult to crack and update other services, which are also using same password.