Yahoo: state hackers steel data half a billion user accounts

Sep

23

2016

Yahoo has announced that in 2014 hackers have stolen data from about 500 million user accounts. In addition, the Internet company thinks the burglars are controlled by the government of an unnamed country.

In a statement confirming Yahoo hack, which earlier on Thursday already rumors came out. Of the approximately half a billion affected accounts allow the user names, passwords, phone numbers, email addresses and birth dates captured. Affected users will be notified, and to adjust their password. According to Yahoo, the passwords could be stored encrypted. Payment details such as credit cards, would not have been captured, though the company admits that the investigation into the hack is still ongoing.

Although not become who exactly is entered clearly on the servers, Yahoo thinks itself that it involves hackers controlled by a government. But which country it was going was not disclosed. Yahoo states to cooperate with authorities in the investigation into the hack. There are frequent reports in recent years of state hackers: Western governments and companies complain regularly about hacker intrusions that would be controlled by including the Russian and Chinese governments.

Shortly before the announcement Recode already arrived with the news that Yahoo would announce this hack. The burglars arrived in 2014 within the servers. And last month appeared suddenly offered the data of about 200 million accounts online, but then Yahoo could not confirm the authenticity of the hack. Well advised to bring the business to a new password. It turns out that there is so much more data users are stolen.

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