Yahoo Confirmed That World’s Biggest Hack To Steal Data of At Least 500 Million Users Was a State-sponsored Hack: There was a “state-sponsored hacker” involved who stole the information associated with Yahoo accounts of more than 500 million users. According to Yahoo officials, the stolen information could include names, telephone numbers, email addresses, date of birth, and hashed passwords but might not include more critical information of payment card data, unprotected passwords or bank account information.
Yahoo revealed that the data breach occurred in late 2014 but the information released by the tech giant doesn’t include the details of the government which orchestrated the security breach.
BT and Sky internet users could also be caught up in this huge Yahoo hack, even if they’ve never used Yahoo knowingly. These both companies were using Yahoo services so both of their users might also be at risk of losing data. Yahoo has requested to BT and Sky.com users to change their passwords immediately and practice good password managing ways.
Yahoo Confirmed That World’s Biggest Hack To Steal Data of At Least 500 Million Users Was a State-sponsored Hack
According to cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley, there are a number of state entities and agencies that could have sponsored the yahoo confirmed that world’s biggest hack to steal data which is a severe accusation but Yahoo would have to release more details to make such a determination.
“There are hackers all around the world. I think it’s far too early to know that this smells of North Korea, or something like that,” he said. “There are many countries who would probably be interested in breaching yahoo – not to say the US itself, which has broken into Yahoo and Google’s data centres to access data before.”
Mr Cluley also said that the claims made by the company are unusual as state-sponsored hacks are typically more targeted rather than stealing the whole user database which happened at Yahoo. But by pointing finger at government actors could probably lower the damage caused to tech giant’s image.
“Let’s put it this way, If I were running a really big company and 500 million of my users just had their accounts compromised,” he said “I would be awfully pleased if I determined that it was a state-sponsored attack than some 16-year-old kids. It sounds less embarrassing.”
State-sponsored hacks have been in the limelight throughout the US presidential election as Hillary Clinton campaign had been the target of Russian hackers. Then, the Democratic National Convention became the victim of a massive security breach believed to have been conducted by the Russian government.
The Hillary Clinton supporters accused Russia for the email dump in July. It raised concern that Putin’s officials were attempting to tamper the results of US presidential elections.
“What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.
Now the tech giant Yahoo urges its users that they will keep user information more safely utilising better tools in future.
“An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats. Industry, users, and government are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries,” Yahoo made the statement to media.
Detailing more they said,“Through strategic proactive detection initiatives and active response to unauthorized access of accounts, Yahoo will continue to strive to stay ahead of these ever-evolving online threats and to keep our users and our platforms secure.”