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Yahoo Triples Likely Scope of '13 Hack to 3 Billion Users

04 October 2017

In addition to the 2013 breach, Yahoo said that hackers in 2014 stole personal data from more than 500 million of its user accounts.

Verizon chose to merge the two businesses after its purchase of Yahoo's mail service, news and finance service, and the Flickr and Tumblr social networks completed in June.

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In December 2016, Yahoo disclosed that more than one billion of the approximately three billion accounts had likely been affected.

News of the Yahoo breach broke last summer as it was being acquired by Verizon. "The investigation indicates that the user account information that was stolen did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information".

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The revelation isn't a huge security issue for the company or for users, though it is a black eye at a time when cybersecurity is in the limelight due the Equifax hack.

Verizon formally closed on the Yahoo! acquisition on June 13, 2017.

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"Verizon is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, and we proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats", Chandra McMahon, Verizon's chief information security officer, said in a press release. Yahoo is notifying users. In the update, it said that it had determined that all accounts that existed at the time of the August 2013 hacking were compromised.

Yahoo Triples Likely Scope of '13 Hack to 3 Billion Users