Overview of the Yahoo Hack
Yahoo has disclosed that 1 billion user accounts were compromised in August 2013. This is a separate incident from the previous disclosure in September 2016 of 500 million accounts breached in 2014. The compromised data includes:
- Email Addresses
- Telephone Numbers
- Dates of Birth
- Hashed Passwords
- Encrypted or Unencrypted Security Questions and Answers
When considering a breach like this, one of the first things to consider is: “Is the damage contained to this service?”.
When a company loses factual data about who you are, it can aid someone trying to steal your identity. Security questions are something that give many people a false sense of security while undermining their ability to protect themselves from identity theft.