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Yahoo faces lawsuit over data breach

Yahoo! Inc.has been slapped with a lawsuit, a day after the company revealed that hackersstole information from at least 500 million accounts in 2014.

Yahoo on Sept. 22 disclosedthat an investigation confirmed that data linked with at least 500 million useraccounts was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it deems a "state-sponsoredactor." The stolen information could include names, email addresses,telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords mostly with bcrypt, andencrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

The lawsuit seeking a class-action status was filed in theU.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accusing Yahoo of puttingusers' personal information at risk.

The suit, which is seeking unspecified damages, alleges thatthe tech giant's actions "constituted a reckless disregard for the safetyand security" of users' data. The complaint also accuses Yahoo of notoffering its users any help with regard to identity theft protection.