Yahoo Hack: Social Network Company Confirms Another Hack, 1 Billion User Accounts Stolen

By Arah TJ , Updated Dec 15, 2016 07:49 PM EST

Another Yahoo hack happened. The social network company has confirmed the hack report on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The important details that were stolen includes phone numbers, birthdates, and even the security questions. 

These details may have been stolen by hackers during an attack in August 2013, Business Insider reports. The second hack report is different from the one Yahoo disclosed back in September. In the first report, Yahoo said there were at least 500 million user accounts compromised.

"The company has not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft," Yahoo representative said on Wednesday. The new revelation could have implications for the $4.8 billion sale of Yahoo to Verizon.

Yahoo disclosed the previous hack to Verizon. The telecommunications company said also on Wednesday that it will evaluate the situation, while Yahoo is investigating. 

For those who fear about the major and largest Yahoo hack, they can change their password or enable two-steps versification. But if for those who have major issues with the Yahoo security, they can delete their accounts.

Two things users need to know before deleting Yahoo accounts

Deleting Yahoo accounts mean losing access to all Yahoo services. You have no longer access to Yahoo mail, Flickr, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports. Before you totally delete your account, save all the important information. You can transfer photos in Flickr to Google photos.

You can use Yahoo Account Key to access your account without a password. However, you are required to enter your account password in order to delete your account, according to CNetSaving important emails may require a lot of time as Yahoo has no tool to offer to export data. You need to save the important email manually by going through your inbox and contact to save the details you need.

Switch from Yahoo to Gmail

Go to your Gmail account and click the gear button, then choose settings.  Click Accounts and choose Import at the top of the page. Then click Import mail and contacts. By doing this, you can enter your Yahoo email address and import your Yahoo data to Gmail. There are three options. You can check the box of import contacts, import mail and import new mail for the next 30 days. 

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