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Hacker at work (illustrative)

The Yahoo internet giant announced Thursday that user information in at least half a billion accounts was hacked in 2014.

The company said in a statement that personal data such as email addresses, names, birth dates, passwords and phone numbers, as well as security questions, were all compromised by an unidentified “state-sponsored actor.”


Such data is also linked to many other systems, including financial services, and often the personal data of friends and family, a New York-based law enforcement official who requested anonymity, noted.

Users are being warned to review their accounts for suspicious emails and other suspicious activity. The company said it is working with law enforcement.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.