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Yahoo confirms at least 500 million accounts hacked

The company said the attack may be “State sponsored”

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YAHOO SAID AN attack on its network in 2014 accessed data from at least 500 million users and may have been “state sponsored”.

“Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen,” a statement from the US Internet giant.

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an account holder’s identity.

Yahoo is blaming the hack on a “state-sponsored actor.”

is recommending that users change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014.

“Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter,” the company said

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