Late To The Game: What All Yahoo Users Need To Know ASAP

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500 million of Yahoo users have had their information stolen.

The Short of It:

Yahoo revealed that they broke a world record yesterday, but no one is really looking at it as a great thing. The company announced yesterday that hackers had stolen the information of 500 million of its users. Er... two years ago. The hack is the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. That's when no body says "yahoo!" and everyone was like "wait, TWO YEARS AGO?"

The Longer Version of It:

Last month after a hacker named "Peace" reported that he'd been selling data stolen from 200 million of Yahoo's users, the site said they were looking into the claims. Then, yesterday, the company copped to the hack and explained that things were actually way worse. The company admitted that over half a billion of its users' accounts were hacked all the way back in 2014. Information such as names, email addresses and telephone numbers look to be the kind of information taken from user accounts. The upside: Yahoo's pretty sure none of their users' sensitive financial information was affected. The downside: no one's really going to believe that one now. As of now, Yahoo says it looks like a "state-sponsored actor" had a hand in the hack but they've yet to name any countries as of now.

Don't forget Earlier this year, Verizon bought Yahoo's core internet properties (read: email, entertainment, news, sports) for nearly $5 billion. Too bad for Yahoo! the sale isn't final yet. Now Verizon is looking to take a step back, saying its only learned about the breach this week like everyone else. Here's where you might also remember that Yahoo has that female CEO Marissa Mayer who used to work at Google. Her expertise were expected to help change the fate of the company around in 2012 when she was first brought on. to turn things around. Note: the fate changed.

The Takeaway:

Someone call the title police and rename 2016 the year of hacks. The U.S. has seen various hacks that have spilled out information of internet users quite a bit this year. With this one being the potentially largest cybersecurity breach ever, we're wondering if those stubborn Yahoo! users who refuse to join 2016 and get on Google will actually join the party.