Yahoo’s most known and infamous hack in history, is worse than initially thought.
According to Verizon, who acquired yahoo in June, its now known that all 3 billion users were affected at the time of the hack. No one got away. This is a huge upset in comparison to the initial damage report of 1 billion, that was disclosed years ago.
The hacked information was most all sensitive and private information of the users. Phone numbers, birth dates, security questions and answers, and “hashed”, also known as scrambled, passwords. After the recent investigation of Verizon while transitioning Yahoo, it was noted that the scramble function for Yahoo user’s passwords was very outdated and easily unscrambled, so account passwords were likely breached.
Yahoo is sending emails to those accounts previously thought of as unaffected by the hack back in 2013.
Four years later and we have discovered that a hack that was already known to be one of the worst in history, is now back in the limelight because it was actually much worse than initially reported. This is a prime example that, despite thinking we have all we need to know on a situation, it can come back and bite us in the butt again. This reason alone should be proof enough that cyber security is something to take seriously, and provide the right amount of attention in order to lessen the likelihood that it occurs to you or your company!