Yahoo Hack – are you affected?

It was disclosed yesterday that Yahoo has suffered yet another hack just 12 months after the theft of data from 500 million accounts in 2012.

Perhaps more disturbing is the revelation that it affects not only Yahoo accounts, but also millions of Sky and BT email accounts all using Yahoo’s platform.

Bob Lord, Yahoo’s Chief Security Officer has admitted they have been unable to determine how the data was stolen stating “We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft,” Lord wrote in a post announcing the hack.” Bob Lord also said “The stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,”

An article on the website stated “Yahoo employees reportedly knew of the intrusion that led to the theft of data from 500 million users as early as 2014, but the company did not announce the breach until this September. “

If you have a Yahoo account or a BT/Sky email account change your password immediately.  Also remember to change your security questions and enable two-step verification.

We at Atlas are urging all of our clients to make staff aware and ask them to take the steps above where necessary.

If you would like any more information or advice please contact us on 0333 666 3330