Tuesday 26 September 2017

Governments must do more to ensure protection of users' data in wake of worrying Yahoo theft

Data from 500 million Yahoo accounts has been stolen in a massive security breach
Data from 500 million Yahoo accounts has been stolen in a massive security breach

T J McIntyre

If you're a user of the beleaguered internet firm Yahoo, then you'll have woken up this week to the news that your personal information has been stolen.

It won't be much consolation, but at least you're in good company. Around 500 million users also had their passwords compromised along with names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and, ironically, the answers to security questions.

What does this mean for you? Until you change your password, any Yahoo services you use are at risk. Anyone with access to the stolen data may be able to read your email or download your private files. This is a particular concern for anyone who uses Yahoo for work - for example, quite a few barristers and solicitors list Yahoo emails in their contact details.

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