Yahoo says hackers “state-sponsored” stole information from 500 million users in what appears to be the largest cyber breach publicly revealed in history.
This included large tracts of penetration of personal information, including names and e-mails,
as well as “non-encrypted security questions and answers.” Hack took place in 2014, but only now been made public.
The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the allegations. He said data from Yahoo include the names and e-mail addresses and phone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data.
The company said the information “stolen by what we believe is an actor that state-sponsored,” but did not say which country is responsible.
There were reports of a possible attack on a large technology company in August when the pirates known as the “peace” apparently trying to sell About 200 million Yahoo accounts.
On Thursday, Yahoo confirmed the breach was much larger than previously thought.
Yahoo’s recommendation for all users should change their passwords if you were not done so since 2014.
The nature of the stolen information to feel a little run of the mill – no payment information was encrypted passwords.
Good. But a series of events that led to this unprecedented declaration raises some pressing questions incredibly Yahoo.
Why does it take a long time to confirm the hack and size?
Why does it take a long time to tell your users and push them to protect themselves?
State-sponsored attacks are usually for, and increase political not financial. So why were the reports that are sold online details?
What is the evidence that state-sponsored it?
He said Verizon, which agreed to buy Yahoo, he did not know until a few days ago – why not?
The reason is Marissa Mayer, the chief executive who oversaw the bad deals and now the biggest breach in the history of the Internet, is still in charge?
In July, Yahoo has been selling to the US telecom giant Verizon’s 4.8 bn $ (£ 3.7bn).
Verizon said the BBC has learned of the hack “during the past two days,” he said he was “limited information”.
She added: “Until then, we are not in a position to further comment.”
Yahoo said in a statement:
“Now intrusions and thefts by the relevant state-sponsored have become increasingly common in the technology industry.”
Yahoo said in a statement user information – including the names and e-mail addresses, phone numbers,
dates of birth and encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security issues – and danger in 2014 by what is believed to be “representative of state-sponsored.”
While Yahoo did not mention the name of the country in question,
how the company discovered the hack after nearly two years offered a glimpse into the reality of a complex and mysterious online underground world.
Hack of Yahoo, is still one of the busiest Internet sites with one billion users per month, also has far-reaching effects on both single consumers of the largest companies in America,
which is in the acquisition of Yahoo’s 4.8 billion $ process.
Yahoo Mail is one of the oldest free e-mail services, we have built many users digital identities around it,
from bank accounts to photo albums and even medical information.
And change the password Yahoo’s words be just the beginning for many users.
They will also have to comb through other services to make passwords certainly
used in those sites are not very similar to what they were using on Yahoo.
If not done so already,
and they will have to deal with all that receive online with an abundance of doubt,
the hackers are trying to trick them issue of more information.
The company said as much in an email to users that warned it may invalidate the existing security questions – things like your mother’s name or the street,
who grew up on – and asking users to change their passwords name.
Yahoo also said it was working with law enforcement authorities in the investigation and people are encouraged to change until security on the other accounts on the Internet
and monitor these accounts for suspicious activity as well.
He added that “Yahoo’s data theft is critical because it leads not only to a single system,
but for” contacts to banks, profiles and social media, and other financial services and users friends and family users, “said Alex Holden, founder of the security contract,
which has been tracking the flow of credentials Yahoo theft on the Internet under the ground.
“this is one of the largest breach people’s privacy and the long-term too.”
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