“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”
― Douglas Adams
So if you use Yahoo for your email provider (ie. firstname.lastname@example.org) you should pay attention to this one. Last month Yahoo announced that 500+ million of their email accounts had been hacked (or illegally accessed) back in 2014 ... and yes, we are just learning about this now.
Full details of the hack are all over the internet (just do a Google search for Yahoo email hack), or look at the FAQs that Yahoo published, I have posted the link further below.
How do you know if you were hacked? Yahoo has emailed those affected, here is a copy of the email that was sent to those who they believe were hacked: https://s.yimg.com/sf/support/en-gb-security-notice-content.pdf. That file also outlines things you can do to protect yourself... the biggest of which is to change your password, immediately.
Even if you don't use Yahoo email, or if your account wasn't breached in this attack, you still should follow some basic security precautions.
We are sure to see more of this type of breach of personal information, the best thing you can do is monitor your accounts and regularly update your passwords.
That's all for now.
Yahoo FAQs about this issue:
Here is a NY Times article that covers how the hack impacts Yahoo's future: