Yahoo to warn users of suspected state-sponsored hacks

Yahoo said in a blog post this week that it’s going to notify users when it suspects that state-sponsored hackers have targeted their accounts.

“Yahoo will now notify you if we strongly suspect that your account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor,” wrote Bob Lord, Yahoo’s chief information security officer.

Lord said Yahoo was doing it so users could protect their accounts and devices from “these sophisticated attacks.”

A notification doesn’t mean your account has been hacked, Lord said, but does mean that Yahoo strongly suspects you’ve been targeted.

If you get a notice, Lord said you should:

  • Turn on Account Key or two-step verification;
  • Choose a strong, unique password;
  • Check to see if your account recovery information is up to date and remove any information you don’t recognize;
  • Check mail forwarding and reply-to settings and review recent activity in account settings for sessions you don’t recognize.

Lord said the company only sends notifications of suspected attacks by state-sponsored actors “when we have a high degree of confidence,” and that a notification does not mean Yahoo has been compromised.

Photo: Yahoo headquarters, Sunnyvale (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


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  • what are the odds the state (none dares say their name) attacking Yahoo is the world’s finest,, those good ol’ boys at ewe ess of hey?

  • alrui

    Which “state”?, The USA perhaps….