Once again there is another announcement about the data breach of Yahoo!
Recently, one of the prominent email service providers, Yahoo revealed that the huge security breach back in year 2013 affected every single email user in its database that means all three billion accounts were exposed to hacking. Moreover, the number now revealed is thrice the number that company formerly estimated in the last year.
Now with the latest information, Yahoo confirms that anyone who had an account that time could have had a security breach, So, the personal information of the users that time could have been exposed to criminals which may result in potential identity theft and fraud.
Details about the security breach
Back in August 2013, account information of millions of Yahoo users was exposed and according to the company, the potentials information that was leaked included email addresses, users’ names, birth dates, phone numbers, hashed passwords, as well as encrypted / unencrypted security questions with answers.
Also, the company confirmed that in passwords were not stolen and hackers did not get any credit card or bank details attached with the users’ account.
In what ways you can protect yourself
After the incident, Yahoo sent emails to the users that were potentially affected by the breach notifying them regarding the security breach along with information on what they should do next.
Moreover, in such a case you should be very careful as the scammers try their best to prey on people who are concerned that their personal information might have been stolen.
So, when you receive an email from Yahoo, this is what the company says to find out to ensure that it’s authentic:
- When you get an email from Yahoo it won’t ask you to click on any links.
- Email will not come with any attachments.
- The email won’t ask you for your personal information.