A multinational technology giant is confirming that at least a half a billion of it’s clients have been affected by a massive online hack.
Yahoo, one of the pioneers of the early internet era, confirmed on Thursday that it was the victim of a security breach which could have an impact on about 500-million users.
Yahoo says the attack took place in 2014 through a state sponsored actor, and is only now confirming it.
In August, a tech site called “Motherboard” reported that a hacker named “Peace” claimed to have account information for 200-million Yahoo users and was trying to sell the data on the web.
The company says stolen data potentially could include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. However, Yahoo believes the most valuable data such as payment card data and bank account information appear not to have been compromised.