Yahoo says hackers stole one billion accounts
California: At least one billion user accounts have been affected by breaching attacks since 2013, Yahoo report has said.
The multinational technology company said that it appears separate from a hacking disclosed in September, when Yahoo indicated some 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014.
The internet giant revealed that peoples names, phone numbers, passwords and email addresses had been stolen but bank and payment data remained protected.
Yahoo, which is being taken by over by Verizon, reported that its authorities along with police is working closely over the hacking attempts.
It is pertinent to mention here that the company back in 2014, had said that the information had been stolen by state-sponsored actors but Yahoo didn’t disclosed which state was behind such breach.
It is noteworthy here that the hacking attempt happened in 2014 and Yahoo struck with severe criticism why it took so long for the breach to be made public.
Separately, the new hacking raised concerns over Verizon’s $4.8n proposed acquisition of Yahoo, and whether the US mobile carrier will try to modify its.
The analysts say that if the breach has affected the Yahoo users in a ‘serious way’, then Yahoo’s services would not be as valuable to Verizon.
On the other hand, Verizon authorities have claimed that they would analyze how well Yahoo considers and tackles the breach and it will evaluate the situation before reaching any final conclusions.
It is pertinent to mention here that Yahoo said on Wednesday that users should change their passwords and security questions.