If you’re one of the millions of users of Yahoo! email, then it might be a good idea to change your password immediately.
According to Fox News, the company announced today that it was the victim of a massive data breach a couple of years ago, and people using their service may have had their information compromised. The report stated that around 500 million accounts were compromised, and now they’re urging everyone to change their passwords.
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In a statement released Thursday, Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord said that the 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 (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” he said.
However, an ongoing investigation into the hack suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information, according to Lord. Payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the affected system, he added.
The investigation has found that the attacker is no longer in Yahoo’s network. The internet giant said that it is working with law enforcement.
Yahoo recommends at least changing your password to protect yourself. However, if you’re comfortable giving the Internet giant your cell phone number, you can also move to a two-step authentication so that even if someone has your password, they wouldn’t be able to access your account.