My Yahoo Account Was Hacked! Now What? — Krebs on Security

Suggestions from Krebs after the latest Yahoo breach.

Q: Was my account hacked?

A: Experts I’ve spoken to believe Yahoo has about a billion active accounts. So, yes, it’s very likely your account’s password is compromised, and probably most of the other information you at one point entrusted to Yahoo. According to a statement from the company, the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

Q: I’ve been using Yahoo for years. If this service can’t be trusted, what would you recommend?

A: I’ve used Google Mail (Gmail) for more than a decade, but your mileage may vary. I moved virtually all of my email activity to Gmail years ago mainly because they were among the first to offer more robust authentication and security measures, such as two-step authentication. And they continue to innovate in this space.

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~ by Nick on December 16, 2016.