Recently, over five hundred Yahoo email user accounts have been breached from their database. Yahoo are saying that if an account has been breached, then the user should check his or her information and change the password. Yahoo mentioned in a press release that the hack actually was done two years ago in 2014. They mentioned that it was a "state-sponsored actor” although they still have not found the individual. There have been speculations that it could have been hackers with backing from Russia, China, or North Korea. It has also been said that giant breaches such as these could cause ripples of insecurity across the internet. If the criminals have the password to a Yahoo account, they can also login into other accounts with the same password if they are not different. Most people use the same password for all their accounts online. Therefore, this breach expands from Yahoo to all over the Internet.
Cyber security specialists are recommending users to have different passwords for different accounts. With the recent technological advancements, now people have to worry about cyber criminals and passwords since they are not much of a barrier anymore. Before Gmail was even created, Yahoo was the most popular email service around. Many young adults and adults may have a previous Yahoo account that has been inactive for many years. They are saying to delete your inactive account also as well as Yahoo Sports, Tumblr, and Flickr if not used because they gather names, birthdays, emails, and phone numbers. One specialist stated, “If you have an account that you don't use, you should delete it. But very few people do that. I'm guilty of not doing that myself.” People who think that they are not affected by this may be impacted. This may have started out as one thing but is rapidly moving on to a larger scale. Now people have to not only worry about criminals physically but also virtually.