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One Billion Yahoo users affected by 2013 hack

One Billion Yahoo users affected by 2013 hack

One Billion Yahoo users have been affected by a hack

One Billion Yahoo users affected by 2013 hack

 
Yahoo has announced that over one Billion user accounts have been affected by a hack which dates back to 2013,  with phone numbers, emails and passwords being stolen. 
 
This hack was revealed as part of an investigation into a 2014 hack which affected over 500 million Yahoo users, which itself was only revealed to the public earlier this year. Right now the company believes that an "unauthorised third party" stole data from one billion accounts in August 2013, with the hack going completely unnoticed by Yahoo until recently. 
 
It is believed that this hack is a completely separate event from Yahoo's 2014 hack, which affected 500 million users and was at the time the largest data breach that has even been recorded. Now Yahoo seems to have broken their own record and scarier still is the fact that it took the company three years to notice. 
 
 

  
One Billion Yahoo users have been affected by a hack

 

Right now, Yahoo is currently set to be acquired by Verizon for around $4.8 billion, though this set of serious security failures is likely to significantly lower the value of the company and make Verizon reconsider their offer.  

Yahoo's value comes from its large user base and advertising reach, making these recent security blunders a disastrous blow for the company, which will certainly cause many longtime users to move to competing services. 

All those who have Yahoo accounts should immediately change their passwords if they haven't already done so and stop using the same password for any other services. General security precautions should be applied when selecting a new password. 

 

You can join the discussion on Yahoo's three-year-old 1 Billion account hack on the OC3D Forums

 

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Most Recent Comments

15-12-2016, 12:39:13

NeverBackDown
I changed my password immediately after Yahoo sent out a mass warning. I'll probably end up doing so again just for my peace of mindQuote

15-12-2016, 17:09:59

jimma47
Well I hope they tell me what my password and user name was. Haven't used Yahoo since the 90s I think!

Definitely worth changing it if you have an account. Especially if you have similar user names and passwords for different sites.Quote

15-12-2016, 17:25:48

RobM
yahoo is my spam mail account so im not overly concerned here. still its bad for such a high profile name to take security so laxQuote

15-12-2016, 20:21:51

jimma47
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobM View Post
yahoo is my spam mail account so im not overly concerned here. still its bad for such a high profile name to take security so lax
Always good to have an account for marketing rubbish and things that you have to sign up for that really shouldn't require an email account. Agree though and it's concerning it took them so long to work it out!Quote

16-12-2016, 04:35:52

SuB
be sure to change your security questions/answers too otherwise the password change is pointless. Since that information was taken too Quote
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