Yahoo admits details of 500m users hacked

Sep 23, 2016, 2:55 AM EDT
(Source: Neon Tommy/flickr)
(Source: Neon Tommy/flickr)

Yahoo has confirmed that personal details, including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions of about 500m of its users, were hacked in 2014. The largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history is believed to have been carried out a state-sponsored hacking group. The investigation is underway but the Sunnyvale, California-based company claims that the stolen data doesn’t include users’ credit card or bank details.  

Admitting that the scale of the cyber breach was bigger than initially estimated, Yahoo called on its users to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014, reports the BBC. The admission raises a slew of questions such as why did the tech firm take so long to confirm the hack and its magnitude, what is the evidence to prove that the breach was state-sponsored and why Verizon, the company set to buy Yahoo, wasn’t informed about hack until two days ago.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a former tech professional who has been vocal on technology issues, described the scale of the breach as “huge” and urged Congress to create a data breach notification standard to ensure that the users are notified as quickly as possible in case of data thefts, writes The Guardian.

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