Yahoo has falling victim of what seems to be the biggest account hack of about 500 million users and users are advised to change their passwords as soon as possible.
The company says that 500 million accounts including swathes of personal information, including names and emails, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords as well as unencrypted security questions and answers but no credit card data were exposed in the huge hack that it has said was carried out by a state-sponsored attacker.
The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public.
The company has committed to work hard to protect the people already hacked, and to make sure that it’s not hacked again. But it did so in slightly grand language – meaning that it’s not really clear exactly how it’s going to help.
The spokesperson said “We advise customers generally to reset their password regularly and we will be contacting affected customers specifically to help them keep their information safe.
Bob Lord, Yahoo’s chief information security officer, said: “An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats. Industry, government and users are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries.
“Through strategic proactive detection initiatives and active response to unauthorised access of accounts, Yahoo will continue to strive to stay ahead of these ever-evolving online threats and to keep our users and our platforms secure.”