Yahoo Data Breach

It has been announced today that Yahoo has suffered a major data breach that is said to affect up to 500 million users. The data breach included a range of things from emails, names, and security questions, however, do not worry as credit card details have not been taken. Yahoo’s data breach took place way back in 2014 but has only just been made public. Yahoo has announced that the information that has been stolen was: “Stolen by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor” But they have not said which country is responsible for the attack.

What We Recommend

If you have ever created a Yahoo account then you are going to want to take a few steps to secure your account, even if it hasn’t been attacked it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • We recommend visiting haveibeenpwned. This website will allow you to input your email address and will tell you what sites you have been hacked on, it’s a great tool, and you can set up email alerts for the future.
  • Use a password manager. A few of the team here at Gambit Nash use a password manager tool called Lastpass. This tool allows you to store all of your passwords and allows you to easily change them.
  • Enable two-factor authentication on all of your accounts, not just for your Yahoo account but for all accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google just to name a few. This will allow you to use your username and password to log in to your dedicated account and it will then send a code to your authenticator app, or it will text a code to your mobile number.
  • It also recommended changing your password regularly, something that Microsoft heavily endorse changing passwords every 72 days and to never use the same password twice.

To find out what Yahoo have said on this recent data breach check out their help section over on their website.