Thanks YAHOO. It's good to know protecting your valued user accounts was priority number one. According to Recode, a hacker named “Peace” hacked into at least 500 million user accounts bringing chaos to the internet giant just as its sale to Verizon is pending. Details including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were stolen from the company’s network.
"But the good thing is they got this information out right away. And --- oh, wait --- no, this happened in 2014," Glenn said sarcastically on his radio program.
Take heart, though, YAHOO believes credit card and bank details were not included in the stolen data. They've been notifying affected users to change their passwords and invalidating security questions so they can’t be used to access accounts (but don't worry if you use those same security questions on other accounts because internet thieves never compile details from multiple sources).
Read below or watch the clip for answers to these risk-free questions:
• If you run YAHOO, should you feel like a yahoo?
• Did Alaska or Iowa hack into YAHOO?
• If Alaska is the state-sponsored hacker, will you get free salmon?
• Should you care if you don't have a YAHOO account?
• Is Google or Ask Jeeves next?
Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: Hey, no big deal. Yahoo has confirmed a massive hack that only affected between 200 and 500 million emails.
STU: Yeah, I think their first guess was two, and then they were up to four. And then it's 500 million.
GLENN: So it's only half a billion email addresses.
JEFFY: How many emails do you have in your email address?
GLENN: Yeah, so no big deal. No. 200 million users was the first. We're now talking 500 million users affected nationwide. But the good thing is they got -- they got this information out right away. And -- oh, wait. No, this happened in 2012 -- '14. So they -- you know, they --
PAT: Well, it only took them two years.
GLENN: Yeah, they got it out as soon as --
PAT: You know.
GLENN: They believe this was a state that broke in.
PAT: What? Like Alaska?
STU: No. No, Pat. No.
GLENN: Like Russia.
STU: Yeah, a hacker working on behalf of Russia or China or something.
STU: Pretty amazing.
PAT: I was scared there for a second. I thought Iowa --
JEFFY: Alaska broke into the Yahoo email?
PAT: Apparently, Iowa, somebody.
GLENN: But the good news is they emailed salmon to me.
STU: It's interesting.
GLENN: Yeah, it was crazy.
PAT: You know, they broke into Yahoo, but I didn't have a Yahoo account so I didn't care.
GLENN: And then they came --
PAT: And then they came to Google.
GLENN: And you didn't have a Google account.
PAT: I didn't have a Google account.
GLENN: Yeah, and didn't care?
PAT: And didn't care?
GLENN: Then they came for GlennBeck.com.
PAT: And I did have a GlennBeck.com.
STU: I think that would be further down the list of hacking.
GLENN: Right. Well, it might be.
JEFFY: It was too late then.
GLENN: Right. So I had an Ask Jeeves account, and I didn't have one. And so --
PAT: Yeah, Lycos, though. You got a Lycos account, right?
GLENN: Lycos, yeah. No, I don't.
JEFFY: If only someone would have stopped Alaska from the very beginning.
PAT: Right. That's what I was saying.
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