According to the post on AOL’s blog, hackers have gained unauthorized access to customers email and home addresses, address book, passwords, and answers to security questions.
“We believe that spammers have used this contact information to send spoofed emails that appeared to come from roughly 2% of our email accounts,” says the post.
Customers financial information such as debit and credit cards appear to not have been accessed in the attack, assures AOL.
AOL has given the following tips in order to protect yourself from future cyber attacks:
- If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond or click on any links or attachments in the email.
- When in doubt about the authenticity of an email you have received, contact the sender to confirm that he or she actually sent it.
- Never provide personal or financial information in an email to someone you do not know. AOL will never ask you for your password or any other sensitive personal information over email.
- If you believe you are a victim of spoofing, consider letting your friends know that your emails may have been spoofed and to avoid clicking the links in suspicious emails.