Data Breach: At Least 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Compromised

September 23, 2016

Thought to be the largest data breach ever in terms of user accounts, Yahoo recently confirmed that information associated with at least 500 million users was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014. The stolen data may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions and answers. Financial data such as bank account numbers and credit card information was not compromised.

Yahoo suggests that affected users take the following actions:

  • Promptly change your password and adopt alternate means of account verification.
  • Change passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you used the same or similar information used for your Yahoo account.
  • Review your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

Read more on Yahoo’s Account Security Issue FAQs page.

You can also visit PURE's CyberSafe Knowledge Center to learn additional ways that both you and PURE can protect your family against cyber threats.