PCR: Yahoo confirms hackers stole details of 500 million users

September 23, 2016 — Yahoo confirms hackers stole details of 500 million users

Ryan Wilk, VP at NuData, reacts to the news that 500 million Yahoo user accounts were hacked in what is possibly the largest ever data hack.


Yahoo has confirmed that hackers accessed the details of 500 million users in 2014 in what is possibly the largest ever data hack. The stolen data includes telephone numbers, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

The company, which was agreed to be acquired by telecommunications company Verizon in July of this year for £3.7 billion, has issued the following statement: “A recent investigation by Yahoo has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014.

“The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

“The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected.

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