Friday 23 September 2016 8:58 am
Yahoo hack: Here’s everything we know, including how to protect yourself
Yahoo's 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions: on one hand, all its dreams came true when Verizon swooped in to rescue it in a giant $4.8bn takeover. On the other, it's just become the recipient of the largest data breach in history. Ouch. The company admitted last night as many as 500m of its users' personal details had been compromised in a 2014 breach by what it called a "state-sponsored actor".
In an email sent out to users, Yahoo said the stolen information may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, "hashed" (masked) passwords, and in some cases security questions and answers.