Life Tech Information stolen from over 1 billion users: Yahoo

Information stolen from over 1 billion users: Yahoo

One billion Yahoo accounts hacked
Yahoo is set for a new name after it was sold to Verizon. Photo: AAP
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Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider.

The Sunnyvale, California, company was also home to what’s now most likely the second largest hack in history, one that exposed 500 million Yahoo accounts .

The company disclosed that breach in September. Yahoo said it hasn’t identified the intrusion associated with this theft.

Yahoo says the information stolen may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and security questions and answers.

The company says it believes bank-account information and payment-card data were not affected.

The new hack revelation raises fresh questions about Verizon’s $US4.8 billion ($A6.5 billion) proposed acquisition of Yahoo, and whether the big mobile carrier will seek to modify or abandon its bid.

If the hacks cause a user backlash against Yahoo, the company’s services wouldn’t be as valuable to Verizon.

The telecom giant wants Yahoo and its many users to help it build a digital ad business.

In a statement, Verizon said that it will evaluate the situation as Yahoo investigates and will review the “new development before reaching any final conclusions.”

Spokesman Bob Varettoni declined to answer further questions.
Yahoo said on Wednesday that it is requiring users to change their passwords and invalidating security questions so they can’t be used to hack into accounts.

Questions for major US telco

Yahoo, which is being acquired by Verizon, said an unauthorised third party had stolen the data in the 2013 breach and that it was working closely with law enforcement.

The hack revelation raises fresh questions about Verizon’s $US4.8 billion ($A6.5 billion) proposed acquisition of Yahoo, and whether the big mobile carrier will seek to modify or abandon its bid.

If the hacks cause a user backlash against Yahoo, the company’s services would not be as valuable to Verizon.

The telecom giant wants Yahoo and its many users to help it build a digital ad business.

In a statement, Verizon said it would evaluate the situation as Yahoo investigates and will review the “new development before reaching any final conclusions”.

Spokesman Bob Varettoni declined to answer further questions.

Yahoo said it would require users to change their passwords and invalidate security questions so they can not be used to hack into accounts.

– with AP

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