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Marissa Mayer apologizes for Yahoo hacks, blames Russians

Marissa Mayer apologizes for Yahoo hacks, blames Russians”

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer apologized Wednesday during Senate testimony for massive data breaches at Yahoo that exposes the private information of billions of customers. Verizon said it learned the new information after the purchase and disclosed it within a week.

Mayer says the thefts occurred during her almost five-year tenure and she wants to "sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users".

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologised on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies. After initially announcing that one billion users had been affected, the company later admitted that every one of its 3 billion+ accounts had been compromised, making it one of the biggest tech fails of the last decade.

Verizon, the largest United States wireless operator, acquired most of Yahoo Inc's assets in June, the same month Mayer stepped down. When quizzed as to how this went unnoticed, Mayer admitted that the details of the attack still remain unknown.

The digital diva - who left the helm of Yahoo earlier this year after it was acquired by Verizon - was forced to testify with a subpoena after she refused several requests to testify voluntarily, according to a Tuesday report.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice formally charged two Russian spies and two criminal hackers for the 2014 Yahoo breach, marking the first United States criminal cyber charges against the Russian government. She said even "robust" defences are not enough to defend against state-sponsored attacks and compared the fight with hackers to an "arms race".

Rather than placing the blame on Yahoo's lacklustre security measures, Mayer went on to say that Russian hackers were to blame for at least one of the two intrusions, noting that "there was little anyone could do about a state-sponsored attack". She said "really aggressive" pursuit of hackers was needed to discourage the efforts, and that even the well-defended companies "could fall victim to these crimes".



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