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500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen

500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen

Yahoo confirmed that at least 500 million accounts were compromised today making this one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever.

Yahoo believes this to be a “state-sponsored actor” was behind the data breach, meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government. You may have been hacked because of this breach. Check if your phone is safe by tapping the button below:

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“The 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,” Yahoo said in a statement.

Yahoo is urging users to change passwords immediately and are currently working with law enforcement on the breach that has affected 500 million yahoo accounts today alone.

Back in August, a large-scale data breach was rumored to be brewing when a hacker that goes by the name of “Peace” claimed they were selling Yahoo accounts by the millions (200 million to be exact).While Yahoo originally said it was “aware of a claim”, fast-forward 2 months and the hacker’s damage has proven to be far more in counting causing several users wondering how to recover their data.

What to do now:

  1. Protect your Yahoo account by resetting your password and security questions
  2. Run an Antivirus scan to keep your email account protected from hackers

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