LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Millions of Yahoo users are trying to protect their information after the tech-company said they'd been hacked
Yahoo calls the hack on the biggest breaches for an email provider.
East Texas News sat down with a Lufkin tech specialist and asked them how you can protect yourself from hackers.
It was bombshell news for the millions of users of the popular site.
The company announced that over 500 million personal email accounts were hacked almost a year ago.
The breach targeted passwords and users security questions and answers.
"This was a state-sponsored attack. They haven't released who did it, but it's a crisis for them at this moment," said Dustin Crawford, a senior network engineer.
The cause of the hack may be unknown, but a vulnerability in their system or encryption is likely.
"Different countries will just have hackers just sitting there programming non-stop all day trying to find vulnerabilities in any big system," Crawford said.
The information that was stolen includes usernames, email addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, and security questions.
Experts say that it's never a good idea to use the same password for other important accounts.
"If you happen to use the same password on everything, then they have access to multitudes of different accounts," Crawford said.
Yahoo is urging account users to immediately change their passwords and security questions and answers, especially if you haven't updated them since 2014.
"Definitely use in your passwords different characters, a combination of symbols upper and lower case, numbers all of this greatly increases your security of your account," Crawford said.
This is just one of many hacks that have taken place in the last year.
"It's been one of the worst years for cyber security probably ever," Crawford said. "This one happened to over half of Yahoo's customer base."
What does this mean for Yahoo?
"It's going to be devastating; they're going to be dealing with this for a couple years," Crawford said. "Since it happened in 2014 and they're just now coming out with it, it's definitely going to be a PR hit for them, but hopefully they'll be able to rebound from it and move forward and increase their security. That way, this doesn't happen again."