According to Yahoo, “State-sponsored” hackers have stolen data of around 500 million users, which may be the largest publicly uncovered cyber-breach in history.
The cyber breach involved theft of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.
Apparently, the cyber hack took place in 2014 but has now been made public. In UK it has been perceived that up to 8 million users’ accounts were taken into the hack.
“The stolen data further included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data,” said Yahoo.
It added that the information was “stolen by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor” but did not quote which country it had held responsible. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the claims.