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September 23, 2016
Yahoo confirmed on Thursday data "associated with at least 500 million user accounts" have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cyber security breaches ever.
 

Change Your Password

 
It seems that this announcement is a little too late since the breech occurred in 2014.  However it is a good reminder to be diligent with your personal information including passwords.  Stolen information included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the encrypted password stored on your computer). 

This hack likely occurred when Yahoo servers were compromised and data was transferred to a rouge third party.  There is no way for a Yahoo user to protect against this type of hack. 

However, they can also hack a user computer using similar methods.  This type of attack can be minimized by the user by having proper malware and antivirus protection on their computer. 

When your account is hacked, immediately change the password.  Use a technically complex password with minimally having at least 8 characters, an upper case letter, a lower case letter, a number and a special character. Preferably do not use a password found in the dictionary.  A random selection of characters is best but is difficult to remember.  Secondly, scan you computer with Malwarebytes anti-malware and remove all infected objects.

 

Avoid Identity Theft, Change your Passwords, Call Primary Computer
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