Yahoo revealed they had been hacked in 2014 and over 500 million accounts were the victims of username and password theft. This is not new news, though the identity of the nefarious characters behind the hacking might be a bit of a surprise. This interesting news came to us from FCW: The Business of Federal Technology in their article, “U.S. indicts Russian spies in Yahoo hack.”

The Justice Department formally indicted four people, including two Russian government cybersecurity officers, for hacking into Yahoo’s accounts in 2014, exposing hundreds of millions of users in one of the largest data breaches ever detected in the U.S.

The indictment alleges that, in addition to conducting espionage, they hacked into Yahoo accounts to steal credit card and gift card information, and to spoof email accounts for use in spam and phishing scams.

Just another reminder of the importance of security and protection against cyber thefts. Every day all around the world, there are people working very hard to perpetrate fraud. We must stay alert.

Melody K. Smith

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