2016/09/23 7:07 AM
On Thursday night, Yahoo sent out a “NOTICE OF DATA BREACH” to its users, claiming it believed a 2014 hack, which compromised at least 500 million users, was done by state-sponsored actors. The company does not believe the attacker is still in its systems.
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An internal investigation confirmed a copy of “certain user account information” was stolen from the California tech giant’s systems in late 2014 by what Yahoo believes is a state-sponsored actor. The company is working with law enforcement and “working diligently to protect” its users.
What Happened in the Yahoo Breach?
According to the release, 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.”