Yahoo users will want to change their passwords (but really, who still uses Yahoo?)
On Thursday, Yahoo confirmed that hackers stole the personal information of 500 million accounts, dating all the way back to 2014. The company’s blaming the huge security break on a “state-sponsored actor,” but didn’t disclose more information on who it believed to be responsible. So, you’ll want to change your Yahoo email password if you’re one of the five people on Earth still using a Yahoo email (seriously, get yourself a gmail account — you deserve it).
The company encouraged all its users to change their passwords after it was revealed that hackers had access to people’s names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and security questions used to verify accountholders’ identities (you know, so people can’t hack into your email). Apparently some people still do use Yahoo, since it claims 500 million accounts were jeopardized. However, many of those have to be old accounts people no longer use, so just delete your abandoned Yahoo account and be done with it.
If 500 million accounts were really hacked, this is the largest internet hack ever. It was confirmed earlier this year that 427 million Myspace accounts were hacked, so basically 2005 is coming back to haunt us all. Beware.