Yesterday, Yahoo announced that they had been breached by hackers. In the process, personal information of nearly half a billion of its users was stolen.
It stands as one of the biggest hacking incidents of all time and happened in late 2014. Yahoo chief information security officer Bob Lord said in a statement, “We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor.
“An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats. Industry, government and users are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries.”
Information like passwords, addresses, phone numbers and plenty more was stolen and will likely be sold on by the culprits.
While you might have to reset your email password, it’s likely that Yahoo themselves are going to take the biggest L from this. They are currently trying to sell themselves to American corporation Verizon in a multi-billion dollar deal, which could now be in jeopardy.
Yahoo have warned its users to look out for “unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.”