Yahoo confirmed the account information, including personalinformation such as names, passwords, birthdays, and emailaddresses, of least 500 million users was stolen by hackers twoyears ago.

In a statement, Yahoo said user information was compromised in 2014 by what it believedwas a “state-sponsored actor.” It did not name the countryinvolved.

The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said it was workingwith law enforcement officials, and resetting passwords andsecurity questions. It encouraged users to exam their onlineaccounts for suspicious activity and watch for suspiciousemails.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).