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Is yours one of the 500 million Yahoo accounts that just got hacked?

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Lock it down, Yahoo. (clasesdeperiodismo/Flickr)

Yahoo believes a state-sponsored hacker accessed at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014.

500. Million.

This is the largest ever security breach in terms of the number of user accounts -- at any company.

The information stolen includes names, emails, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and even security questions and answers.


Luckily, though, the hackers didn't get any credit card information.


News of the hack came out in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was trying to sell user data on 200 million accounts on the dark Web.

Yahoo has asked users to change their passwords if they haven't done so since 2014. They also say they themselves just learned of the scope of the hack within the last two days, and claim they did have measures to detect such breaches. Apparently those didn't work?

The FBI has been made aware of the hack and is working to identify the culprit.

If you haven't changed your Yahoo account password yet, GO DO IT RIGHT NOW.


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Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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