Yahoo says hackers stole info in 500 million user accounts

Earns Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo says the personal information in 500 million accounts was stolen in a massive security breakdown. The breach disclosed Thursday, the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company, dates back to late 2014.

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an account holder’s identity. Yahoo is blaming the hack on a “state-sponsored actor.”

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an account holder’s identify.

Yahoo is recommending that users change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014.

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a former technology executive, member of the Senate Intelligence and Banking Committees, and cofounder of the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus released the following statement on today’s announcement by Yahoo, Inc. that at least 500 million user accounts had their information compromised in a hack dating back to 2014:

While we have seen more and more data breaches in the private sector in recent years, many of them affecting millions of consumers, the seriousness of this breach at Yahoo is huge. While its scale puts it among the largest on record, I am perhaps most troubled by news that this breach occurred in 2014, and yet the public is only learning details of it today. Action from Congress to create a uniform data breach notification standard so that consumers are notified in a much more timely manner is long overdue, and I urge my colleagues to work together to pass this essential legislation.”

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