With a view to change the country’s privacy laws, New Zealand authorities are now monitoring the Yahoo hack that affected up to 500 million user accounts, an official said. The Yahoo hack had affected a small portion of the 825,000 email accounts that New Zealand telecom giant Spark provided to users through its partnership with Yahoo. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said in a statement that the hack exemplified the international nature of privacy, with the US Federal Trade Commission and Irish Data Protection Commissioner already working together to make enquiries into the incident, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps
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“When agencies lose customer data, they need to help those customers take steps to protect themselves by alerting them as quickly as possible. This is particularly true with a breach of this size and with such sensitive information,” Edwards said. Proposed reforms to the country’s Privacy Act, including mandatory breach notification, were due to be tabled in the New Zealand Parliament in 2017. Last week, a Yahoo investigation confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts were hacked in late 2014 which, it believes, was a “state-sponsored” attack. Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo’s network. Also Read - WordPress owner Automattic buys Tumblr from Verizon
Yahoo however claims that an ongoing investigation has revealed that the stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information. Yahoo also said that the company did not store payment card data and bank account information in the affected system. The investigation also has found that the attacker is no longer in Yahoo’s network, and the internet giant said that it is working with law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of this attack.