Yahoo Breach

Sep 22, 2016
On Sept. 22, 2016, Yahoo officials confirmed an August, 2016 report that a data breach with at least 500 million user accounts had occurred in late 2014.
On Sept. 22, 2016, Yahoo officials confirmed an August, 2016 report that a data breach with at least 500 million user accounts had occurred in late 2014.

The company says it believes a “state-sponsored actor” – or an individual acting on behalf of a government, was behind the breach, which occurred in late 2014. “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” Yahoo officials said in a statement.

Yahoo is urging users to change their passwords and security questions, and to review their accounts for suspicious activity. However, Yahoo officials added that sensitive financial data like bank account numbers and credit card data are not believed to be included in the stolen information; and that the company is working with law enforcement on the breach.

“We have not seen any indication of fraudulent activity as a result of this incident,” the company said in its email to customers and on its website.

We advise all members who are or have been Yahoo users to closely monitor their accounts for suspicious activity. For additional information, go to Yahoo's website.

Check here for ways to protect yourself and learn more about keeping your identity secure online, including information on VRS Elite Fraud Resolution Services, available at no cost for members of Nusenda Credit Union. This service can assist you in performing all the steps below.

If you think that you are a victim of identity theft, call us immediately. Then take these steps:
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus and place a Fraud Alert on your credit report.
    • Equifax 1-800-685-1111
    • Experian 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion 1-800-888-4213
  • Close any accounts that were opened in your name without your permission.
  • File a report with your local law enforcement agency. Note your case/incident number and ask for a copy of the report; having the police report can help you clear your credit records.
  • Call the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 to report that your card or number has been stolen.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call 877-ID-THEFT (877-438-4338).

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