New Delhi: The social networking giant Yahoo said yesterday that over 500 million accounts were hacked in 2013 which means affecting most of the users worldwide. Leading to the release of information from their personal accounts, phone numbers, usernames and other personal information.
Affecting over 500 million accounts, Yahoo had been the dupe of the two largest data breaches in 2013. This announcement was made when Yahoo decided to sell its business to another giant Verizon charging Rs 32,495 crores.
A Georgia-based telecommunications industry analyst Jeff Kagan went on to say that: “This is another major blow. It throws into question what’s really going on at Yahoo. And if you don’t really know what’s going on at Yahoo, does Verizon have the guts to buy a potential bomb? This company could explode with major problems and major losses.”
Although in this incident Yahoo also said that the bank account numbers and credit card numbers were stored separately so that didn’t affect the users much but it did comprised of some security questions that the company uses to verify the users.
Rumour has it that this breach in 2013 was the work of the Russian workers but no confirmation to this was made.
Yahoo urged the users to change their passwords in order to save their accounts from being hacked as that was the only way to avoid the situation. The situation got worse when the users account was hacked more than once.
The company has faced many misfortunes as it has been dropping since other technological companies have stolen pieces of its search, web wide businesses and emails.