As of Thursday, Sept. 21, Yahoo admitted that data had was stolen from over five million user accounts. The hacker was believed to be a “state-sponsored actor,” meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government.
Users were urged to change all passcodes and security questions. Reportedly, Yahoo received reports as early as August but failed to cooperate with law enforcement. Therefore, conclusions about this scandal were not drawn until late September.
As you can imagine, this is causing quite a headache for Yahoo and its affiliates. According to recent statistics, at this rate, Yahoo will most likely run itself into the ground by the new year.
The lesson to learn, once again, is to be as safe and secure as possible, for even when something seems safe, there’s always the chance of disaster.