Yahoo has released information regarding a hack that occurred in 2014. This attack got the personal details of at least 500 million users. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays. email addresses, hashed passwords and security questions and answers. Yahoo has been struggling in a few areas, and this hack isn’t something the tech giant needs.
The Yahoo Announcement
According to an announcement, unprotected passwords, payment card data and bank account information wasn’t stolen. The number of users is high, and this is one of the largest personal information hacks yet.
It took a long time to release any information regarding this hack. In its statement, the company is saying it’s notifying users who have had their information stolen. Users who receive this message should change their password, security question and answer, and the security information of any connected accounts. Essentially, all users are recommended to change their security information regardless. Should users receive emails asking for their personal information or to visit a website, be cautious.
Bob Lord, CISO of Yahoo, has said that “An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats. Industry, government and users are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries. Through strategic proactive detection initiatives and active response to unauthorized access of accounts, Yahoo will continue to strive to stay ahead of these ever-evolving online threats and to keep our users and our platforms secure.”
Users can switch to the Yahoo Account Key to secure their account. This could be too late, however. Yahoo has fallen since its heyday, and it seems that whatever the company does nothing seems to work out well. Whatever the tech company does now to protect their users is too little too late. It raises questions about whether there’s anything else hidden, or if other tech companies are hiding major security breaches.