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Yahoo says all 3 Billion Accounts were hacked in 2013 Security Breach

Yahoo says all 3 Billion Accounts were hacked in 2013 Security Breach”

Now, Yahoo says all 3 Billion Accounts were hacked in 2013 Security Breach.

Last year, the company said at least 1billion customers had been affected but the full extent of the security breach has only just been revealed following an investigation by forensic cyber experts. The more recent probe indicated that stolen information didn't include passwords in clear text, payment card data or information about bank accounts.

The company said it was sending email notifications to additional affected user accounts.

"For potentially affected accounts, the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers", said Bob Lord, Chief Information Security Officer, Yahoo.

But a recently disclosed breach by credit agency Equifax (NYSE: EFX - news) is seen as potentially more damaging because of the sensitivity of the data leaked. The things that Yahoo users can do to prevent their compromised information from being used against them have not changed since last year's data breach, but it is probably a good idea to revisit them.

"The DPC is at the closing stage of its investigation into the separate data breach incident that was first notified to the DPC in September 2016, identified as having taken place in 2014", said the office in a statement. Johnson said Yahoo might never know exactly what was accessed.

Verizon finished its acquisition of Yahoo in June and is folding it, with AOL, under a new subsidiary named Oath.

The US Justice Department charged two Russian intelligence operatives and a pair of hackers over one of the attacks, which had apparent twin goals of espionage and financial gain.

The disclosure from Verizon (NYSE: VZ - news), which acquired Yahoo's online assets earlier this year, revised upward the initial estimate of one billion accounts affected.



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