Yahoo Cyber Security Breach
You may have seen on media outlets that Yahoo has confirmed information from 500 million of its accounts was stolen in 2014. According to Yahoo, the account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
Yahoo will contact the owners of all affected accounts, but since the breach occurred two years ago, it may not have current contact information for everyone who was affected. We recommend that you take the following steps if you had a Yahoo account in 2014 and hadn’t changed your password since then:
Change the password to your Yahoo account and any other accounts that may use the same password.
Review the security questions associated with your Yahoo account and change your answers. Do the same for other accounts for which you used the same questions and answers.
As always, carefully watch activity on your online accounts and look for transactions that are unfamiliar.
Note: The fact that you may not use the account frequently doesn’t mean that the information wasn’t stolen.