Yahoo says hackers stole info of 500 million user accounts

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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 photo shows a sign outside Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo is trying to phase out passwords with an update to its mobile application for its email service. The renovated app released Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 for iPhones and Android devices will include an option called "Account Key" that allows people to sign into their email accounts by pressing on a notification sent to their smartphones instead of typing in a password.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo says the personal information in 500 million accounts was stolen in a massive security breakdown. The breach disclosed Thursday, the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company, dates back to late 2014.

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an accountholder’s identity. Yahoo is blaming the hack on a “state-sponsored actor.”

The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an accountholder’s identify.

Yahoo is recommending that users change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014.

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