Yahoo is investigating a security breach on its site that exposed 450,000 usernames and passwords for Hotmail, AOL, and other accounts, the company has stated.
“At Yahoo we take security very seriously and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products,” the Sunnyvale, California-based company said in a statement to Bloomberg.
’’We are taking immediate action by fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised," Yahoo added. "We apologize to all affected users.’’
The company is emphasizing that this breach affects less than 1% of its 298 million active users.