Yahoo confirmed this afternoon that user information, such as names, email addresses, birth dates, and even unencrypted security questions & answers have been stolen. According to the announcement, the information for at least 500 million Yahoo users was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what Yahoo is calling a “state-sponsored actor.” State sponsored simply means an individual or group of individuals acting on behalf of a government body.
On the bright side of this awful news, Yahoo announced that unaffected items include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or banking information. All of that information is kept separately, away from the system that Yahoo’s internal investigation has found to be affected.
Yahoo states it is working with law enforcement on the matter.
As a Yahoo user, here’s what you need to do immediately.
If and when any additional information is made public, we will update our readers.