Yahoo announces breach of over 1 Billion user accounts.
Company says this breach is *separate* from their previously disclosed 2013 breach of 500 million user accounts
Company says this breach is separate from 2013 breach of 500 million user accounts, disclosed September 2016.
“Yahoo believes an unauthorized third party stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts.”
The data 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.” Credit card info was not affected, according to Yahoo.
Flickr users should also change their passwords and otherwise ensure their accounts are secure.
Where Yahoo reveals another breach:
Leaked Yahoo documents reveal another breach, in which hackers stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts.
“The most likely thing hackers have done is harness the passwords to affect targeted attacks or for conducting widespread DDoS type attacks using the known password combinations, as we saw with the recent Dyn attack.” Arun Vishwanath
Then Marissa Mayer gave what sounded like a farewell speech during the close of Yahoo’s earnings call. Her last?
After summing up the quarter’s highlights, Mayer launched into what sounded a lot like a farewell speech:
“I want to share a few closing thoughts,” noting that since taking the reins, “we set forth a plan to return this iconic company to growth over multiple years.”
The 41-year-old CEO, who was hired from Google four years ago to revitalize the struggling web company, proceeded to defend her track record and insisted that the company was in a better position than when she took control.
“We took a hard, honest look at where we were and where we wanted to be and have taken necessary steps to get there,” Mayer said. Yahoo’s business has been dramatically simplified, its bloated headcount brought back to 2005 levels and its portfolio of online products “refreshed,” she continued.
“I remain confident these are the right steps to create a better Yahoo. As we work to conclude the strategic alternatives process, this groundwork will serve as a solid foundation for Yahoo’s next chapter.” 🤔
Verizon, which agreed to acquire Yahoo:
“As we’ve said all along, we will evaluate the situation as Yahoo continues its investigation.”