'Yahoo email breach could affect 200000 in NI'

According to Yahoo certain user account information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014. Yahoo! is the provider of sky.com email accounts. We want to hear from you.

"If you find mine, can you tell me?" He wondered if news of the hack may have been a "clever way to get 500m users to log into their Yahoo!"

It took one day for ambulance chasers to file lawsuits against Yahoo over its recently announced data breach that exposed the personal details of over 500 million of its users. Bauer recommends identifying a handful of your most high-value accounts and changing your recovery questions and answers.

Yahoo says the breach involved email addresses, passwords and other information - including birth dates - but not payment card or bank account numbers.

Yahoo said it is working closely with law enforcement on the matter.

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact", said the USA telco, in a statement. More users were reportedly impacted in this one incident than all of past year, according to the 2016 Internet Security Threat Report produced by security company Symantec.

Users will be asked to change their passwords. It contends that the two years it took Yahoo to learn that the information for some 500 million accounts had been compromised was unacceptable. Hopefully, everyone has already changed their password since 2014 already, being that it's nearly 2017, but who has the patience to change all their passwords regularly?

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The first step is obvious: change your password, security questions, and answers immediately, whether or not you've received an email from Yahoo. It simply sends users a notification which they can hit "Yes" to safely sign in.

Finally, change your security questions and answers-and not just on your Yahoo account. If you use the same questions or passwords for any other account as you do on Yahoo, you need to go and fix those as well.

"The idea that 'I don't use that account any more, I don't have to worry about it.' - in most cases, unfortunately that's wrong", he said.

If you think your data may have been compromised, you can call a credit counseling company like the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester at 546-3400. Just mark them as Spam. People may receive bogus emails to reset accounts and click on links. So for example he may use TPS, Yahoo, 123. "I know several people who work on security there".

Yahoo is sending users an email and posting additional information on their website. "If the state accumulates a lot of information on you, and especially if it corroborates that with other sources, it can assemble a pretty good profile".

Additional information will be available on the Yahoo Security Issue FAQs page, https://yahoo.com/security-update, beginning at 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on September 22, 2016. But if you're anxious about your Tumblr blog being compromised, go ahead and change the password, and the account information as well.

All the information on the account and data breach can be found on help.yahoo.com, and direct customer support is also present there.

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