September 23, 2016

Yahoo: Divulges 500 Million Accounts Hacked ... 2 YEARS After It Happened

Do you have a Yahoo account?  It may have been hacked.  Two years ago.  And we're only finding out about it now.

Bad, Yahoo.  Very Bad.
Yahoo reported yesterday that some 500 million Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2014.  That's right, 2 years ago.  And 500 million accounts.  The hackers supposedly stole user names, passwords, email address, and possibly other information.

And why did it take so long for Yahoo to inform the world about this humongous account breach?  No one currently knows, as Yahoo is staying tight lipped and has so far only stated the breach was discovered during a "recent investigation".  If that is true, what amount of security oversight does Yahoo incorporate in its business practices?  Apparently very little, if it took  Yahoo 2 years to discover that 500 million user accounts were hacked.

Glad I don't have a Yahoo account.  But if you do, here is what you should consider doing to protect your personal information.

Mary Rae Fouts

9 comments:

  1. Class action lawsuit filed yet? 500 million accounts is one hell of a class.

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    1. Yes, a class action lawsuit about the data breach was filed YESTERDAY (!), just hours after Yahoo's announcement. Now, that was fast! Apparently Plaintiff(s) contacted the filing law firm sometime before the data breach was announced with concerns they thought their account(s) had been hacked.

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  2. Sometimes I think the world was better before the internet.

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    1. I still miss the good old rotary phone. You know, the phone that always worked?!

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  3. Heard about this late yesterday. Couldn't believe it at first.

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    1. The size of the data breach is just so massive. And a 2 year delay in supposedly finding the breach (at least that's what we know now) is mind numbing.

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  4. And to think of how on the cutting edge Yahoo once was. Was.

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  5. Will much of anything will be left of Yahoo in a few years? The company doesn't seem relevant anymore.

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    1. I've had the same thought, will be interesting to see what happens after Yahoo's partial sale to Verizon. I read previously (around the time the partial purchase from Verizon was announced) that the remaining Yahoo-named company will only hold investments, and will re-establish itself as an Investment Company rather than a Technology Company.

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