Yahoo Says 'State-Sponsored Actor' Hacked 500M Accounts

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in LCS Blog

This is nothing to say "Yahoo" about.

Yahoo confirmed today a massive security breach impacting 500 million users and said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" is behind the hack.

The internet company is currently in the process of being acquired by Verizon.

"Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter," Bob Lord, Yahoo's chief information security officer said in a statement.

 

The stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and in some cases, according to Lord, 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," Lord said.

The hack first came to light last month. At the time, a company spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the alleged hack, telling NBC News in a statement, "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously."

Yahoo said the hack is believed to have occurred in late 2014. The company is urging users to change their passwords and in addition, to change them and their security questions if they were used on any other accounts.

It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The deal is still in process.

A Verizon spokesman told NBC News the company was notified of the incident "within the last two days."

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact," the spokesman said. "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities. Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

For more information on this article: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/your-yahoo-account-was-probably-hacked-company-set-confirm-massive-n652586

This is nothing to say "Yahoo" about.

Yahoo confirmed today a massive security breach impacting 500 million users and said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" is behind the hack.

The internet company is currently in the process of being acquired by Verizon.

"Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter," Bob Lord, Yahoo's chief information security officer said in a statement.

The stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and in some cases, according to Lord, 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," Lord said.

The hack first came to light last month. At the time, a company spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the alleged hack, telling NBC News in a statement, "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously."

Yahoo said the hack is believed to have occurred in late 2014. The company is urging users to change their passwords and in addition, to change them and their security questions if they were used on any other accounts.

It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The deal is still in process.

A Verizon spokesman told NBC News the company was notified of the incident "within the last two days."

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact," the spokesman said. "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities. Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

For more information on this article: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/your-yahoo-account-was-probably-hacked-company-set-confirm-massive-n652586

This is nothing to say "Yahoo" about.

Yahoo confirmed today a massive security breach impacting 500 million users and said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" is behind the hack.

The internet company is currently in the process of being acquired by Verizon.

"Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter," Bob Lord, Yahoo's chief information security officer said in a statement.

The stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and in some cases, according to Lord, 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," Lord said.

The hack first came to light last month. At the time, a company spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the alleged hack, telling NBC News in a statement, "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously."

Yahoo said the hack is believed to have occurred in late 2014. The company is urging users to change their passwords and in addition, to change them and their security questions if they were used on any other accounts.

It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The deal is still in process.

A Verizon spokesman told NBC News the company was notified of the incident "within the last two days."

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact," the spokesman said. "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities. Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

For more information on this article: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/your-yahoo-account-was-probably-hacked-company-set-confirm-massive-n652586

This is nothing to say "Yahoo" about.

Yahoo confirmed today a massive security breach impacting 500 million users and said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" is behind the hack.

The internet company is currently in the process of being acquired by Verizon.

"Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter," Bob Lord, Yahoo's chief information security officer said in a statement.

The stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and in some cases, according to Lord, 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," Lord said.

The hack first came to light last month. At the time, a company spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the alleged hack, telling NBC News in a statement, "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously."

Yahoo said the hack is believed to have occurred in late 2014. The company is urging users to change their passwords and in addition, to change them and their security questions if they were used on any other accounts.

It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The deal is still in process.

A Verizon spokesman told NBC News the company was notified of the incident "within the last two days."

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact," the spokesman said. "We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities. Until then, we are not in position to further comment."

For more information on this article: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/your-yahoo-account-was-probably-hacked-company-set-confirm-massive-n652586