500 million Yahoo accounts hacked

American technology giant Yahoo claims that a foreign country is responsible for hacking into their system two months ago and stealing information from 500 million customers. The company is asking their customers to update their security settings.
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Today (Thursday), American technology giant Yahoo announced that the cyber-attack which stole 500 million customers’ account information was carried out by some sort of state entity.

It all started when a well-known hacker began spreading rumors that he had hacked into the company’s system and located the information of 200 million users. Initially, Yahoo announced that they had heard the rumor and were checking into it.

Two months later, it seems that the situation is a bit more complicated than what the San Francisco-based company had originally expected. “The entered information could contain names, e-mails, phone numbers, birthdates, passwords, and even security questions that users choose as protective measures,” Yahoo wrote in an official statement urging their customers to update their security settings.

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