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Yahoo fined £250,000 by UK watchdog over data breach

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The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Yahoo 250,000 over a data breach which occurred in 2014.

The data breach resulted in the theft of at least 500 million records. It is believed that names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and some "encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers" were compromised.

Yahoo has blamed the incident on state-sponsored hackers but has not said which country may have been involved.

The data breach was disclosed two years later, in September 2016.

The delay gave threat actors ample time to do what they wished with user data and keeping customers in the dark for so long was unacceptable to UK regulators, who launched an investigation into the security failure.

The UK's data protection watchdog fined Yahoo 250,000 on Tuesday for failing to secure information belonging to UK customers, under which Yahoo had a responsibility as a data controller.

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