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Yahoo Announces Hackers Stole More Than 1 Billion User Records

Yesterday, Yahoo, Inc. announced that it has detected a new data breach that occurred in August 2013 and involved data associated with more than one billion user accounts.  Yahoo said that names, contact information, passwords and answers to security questions may have been taken in the breach.  This new announcement comes only months after the company disclosed a similar hack that affected 500 million accounts in 2014.  Notably, in disclosing its latest breach, Yahoo beat its own previous record for the biggest hack to date.    

While it is up to the companies storing your personal data to properly secure it, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage following a disclosure such as this:

  • Change your password and security questions/answers to your Yahoo account.
  • Review passwords for other sites (especially those containing sensitive records like financial or health information) and change any that are the same or similar to the password used with your Yahoo account. 
  • Create long and complex passwords for your accounts.  Again, this is especially true for accounts that contain sensitive records. 
  • To the extent possible, enable two-factor authentication for your online accounts.
  • And as you should always do, continue to monitor your financial accounts, including bank accounts, credit card statements, and credit reports, to look for suspicious activity.

Selman Breitman has the tools to help you navigate the Cybersecurity threats you and your business face online.  Our experienced attorneys can help you implement a robust Cybersecurity defense. View more information on our Cyber Law practice page.