Yahoo has been hit by a massive hack which affected 500 million user accounts

Yahoo has been hit by a massive hack which affected 500 million user accounts

In a Thursday press release, Internet giant Yahoo has revealed that it has been hit by a massive hack which affected at least 500 million user accounts. The hack occurred in 2014; and apparently marks the biggest data breach in history.

According to Yahoo's press release, the personal information linked to at least a half billion Yahoo accounts was swiped by hackers, as a result of an attack on the Sunnyvale-based company's data centers.

Blaming a "state-sponsored actor" -- without naming any country in particular -- for the massive hack, Yahoo said that the users' personal information compromised by the hackers included user names, birth dates, email addresses, phone numbers, and even encrypted passwords. In some cases, the information also included security questions and answers.

However, as per analysts, the hack had a 'limited' potential for damage, despite its mammoth scale, because the financial information of the users was not compromised by the hackers.

Meanwhile, Yahoo said that it does not have any evidence the hacking entity was still in its system, and added that it is "working closely" with law enforcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has also confirmed its role in the probe of the Yahoo hack, and said: "We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible."

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