Questions surface as Yahoo confirms breach of 500M+

In July, the company received a report saying a hacker had stolen 280 million users’ details, but an investigation unearthed what is now the biggest hack in history.

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Yahoo is scrambling after it revealed that its users have fallen victim to the biggest security breach in history.

On Thursday, the company said it believes that information for “at least” 500 million user accounts was stolen.

The Guardian reported:

Details, including names, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were taken from the company’s network in late 2014. Passwords were also taken, but in a “hashed” form, which prevents them from being immediately re-used, and the company believes that financial information held with it remains safe.

Bloomberg further explained:

In July, Yahoo! Inc. received a report of a hacker claiming to have 280 million user account credentials for sale on the black market. An initial investigation found no evidence to back that up, according to a person familiar with the probe.

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