500 Million Yahoo Accounts Hacked

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Just in case your nonprofit needed anymore reasons to stop using Yahoo. 

Yahoo confirmed a data breach of "at least" 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now believes to be a state-sponsored attack. The stolen information includes: 

  • People’s names
  • Email addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Passwords

Even if you weren’t affected by the breach, Yahoo suggests using Yahoo Account Key, a newer authentication tool that increases security but eliminates the need to use a password.

Phishing Emails

Following a large-scale breach like this, other hackers will attempt to capitalize the headline news. 

That means you may begin to receive phishing emails that intend to help you reset your password, but will really redirect you to malicious websites where they can more easily capture your personal information.

Yahoo cautions users to be on the lookout for any unsolicited emails, and to avoid clicking links or downloading the attachments they may contain.

For those with questions about the breach, there’s now a Yahoo help page dedicated to the topic at https://yahoo.com/security-update.

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Topics: nonprofits, phishing emails

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