Yahoo Inc said on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.” The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but may not have included unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the company said. Yahoo said it was working with law enforcement on the matter.
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Yahoo also said the company urges users to create strong, unique passwords but also points them to Account Key. The service replaces passwords by sending an alert to a user’s phone requesting access anytime they try to log in by entering their email address. It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion, strengthening the mobile carrier’s internet business and giving it access to Yahoo’s trove of advertising tools.