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All three billion Yahoo accounts breached in 2013 hack

All three billion Yahoo accounts breached in 2013 hack

Unfortunately in more recent years, Yahoo has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, namely the various security breaches experienced by the company, like the one back in 2013 in which it was previously reported that 1 billion users had been affected. In filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that itself disclosed a massive cyberattack last month, Verizon that now owns Yahoo revealed that "all Yahoo user accounts" were compromised in the biggest breach we have seen so far. The investigation found that more accounts had been hacked than first believed, but also indicated the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data or bank account information. It also extended complete cooperation with law enforcement in its investigation of the breach.

The hacking was then regarded as the biggest known corporate data breach in history in terms of the number of people affected-a title it usurped from an earlier breach of 500 million Yahoo accounts reported by the company just three months earlier on September 22. However, the company has been round-the-clock in helping users protect their accounts.

Yahoo had already required users to change their passwords and invalidate security questions so they couldn't be used to hack into accounts.

All of the approximately 3 billion Yahoo user accounts in existence in 2013 were impacted by the data breach that year, the company announced Tuesday. All of the Yahoo accounts were hacked.

This assessment was made after new intelligence, obtained during Yahoo's integration into Verizon, was brought to the company's attention.

· Review your accounts for suspicious activity.

Whether or not people use Yahoo services, they should always practice proper computer hygiene, experts say, such as not reusing passwords and implementing two-factor authentication on all their accounts.

"If an e-mail you receive about these issues prompts you to click on a link, download an attachment, or asks you for information, the e-mail was not sent by Yahoo and may be an attempt to steal your personal information".

"Don't wait for an email from Yahoo though, or a scammer pretending to be Yahoo, assume you're affected, don't click on anything in any purpled-branded emails, just go straight to yahoo.com and work your way to the right place".

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