Editors note: This story was published by Recode on September 20, 2016, after it was revealed that 500 million Yahoo user accounts were breached. On December 14, Yahoo said it was the victim of an even bigger hack (read about it here).
If you've ever signed up for an account with Yahoo, there's cause for concern. The company confirmed today, after Recode broke the story last night, that 500 million user accounts were breached in a massive hack.
That's larger than the population of the United States and Mexico combined.
Yahoo says the attack likely included email addresses, passwords, names and phone numbers — not payment card data or bank account information.
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But our email accounts are packed with personal information. We send people we trust our account details for all kinds of services over email, and whether it's as benign as a Netflix password or as potentially devastating as a pornography website login or credit card number, we expect our email accounts to be password-protected and private.
If you have a Yahoo account, here's what you should do.