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Your Yahoo Account was Definitely Hacked in 2013


Last year, in the midst of their deal with Verizon, Yahoo admitted that they were hacked in August of 2013. How many accounts were affected? One billion.

Well, turns out they were off by 2/3, and if you made a Yahoo account before 2013, you most definitely were affected by the hack. The company released this statement yesterday:

Yahoo, now part of Oath, today announced that it is providing notice to additional user accounts affected by an August 2013 data theft previously disclosed by the company on December 14, 2016. At that time, Yahoo disclosed that more than one billion of the approximately three billion accounts existing in 2013 had likely been affected. In 2016, Yahoo took action to protect all accounts, including directly notifying impacted users identified at the time, requiring password changes and invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so that they could not be used to access an account. Yahoo also notified users via a notice on its website.
Subsequent to Yahoo’s acquisition by Verizon, and during integration, the company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft. While this is not a new security issue, Yahoo is sending email notifications to the additional affected user accounts. 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. The company is continuing to work closely with law enforcement.

All users?! You know that’s 3 billion accounts, right?

How did Verizon ever go through with that deal…

[Via Gizmodo]

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