Yahoo last week admitted that over 1 BILLION accounts were targeted as part of an attack in 2013, this, just months after revealing that a separate attack in 2014 compromised half a billion accounts. Oh, and there was that 2012 hack involving nearly as many accounts as the 2014 one… the list of security breaches just goes on with Yahoo.
This latest attack, the largest in the company’s history, was discovered after they looked through data files given to them by law enforcement.
So just what was stolen?
Everything important, that’s what. Passwords, security questions, actual names and dates of birth as well as telephone numbers!
Yahoo claims the attacks are state-sponsored but haven’t indicated who exactly that state is. It’s a toss-up between North Korea, China and Russia, but who knows it could be anyone else until proof is found.
So, if you’re still a Yahoo user, you might just want to think about making that migration to any other service. A reputable one like Gmail or Microsoft’s Hotmail, though far from the most secure, is still preferable to the mess that Yahoo is offering its userbase.