So far as they know, the hack did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information. According to Bob Lord, CISO of Yahoo!, the company is taking the following actions to protect the online security of their past and current users:
- We are notifying potentially affected users. The content of the email Yahoo! is sending to those users will be available at https://yahoo.com/security-notice-content beginning at 11:30 am (PDT).
- We are asking potentially affected users to promptly change their passwords and adopt alternate means of account verification. (No matter what online account you have, e-commerce or not, you should change the password at least every six months).
- We invalidated unencrypted security questions and answers so they cannot be used to access an account.
- We are recommending that all users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 do so.
- We continue to enhance our systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.
- We are working closely with law enforcement on this matter.
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