Two years ago in 2014 Yahoo suffered the largest cyber breach in history, yet it is only coming to light now in the wake of other investigations in August. Data from 500 million users was hacked. The largest attack before this was a hack involving 360 million MySpace users. The only thing that is known about the perpetrator is that they were a “state sponsored actor”. While the total impact on users is still unclear, it is known that names, phone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, email addresses, and security questions are at risk. Bank account information is presumed safe at this point. Yahoo encouraged users to change their passwords but they have not required it. This issue could cause a major strain on the intended partnership between Verizon and Yahoo as many customers have already and may continue to drop Yahoo’s services. Verizon and Yahoo have been working through a 4.8 billion dollar deal that would result in Verizon acquiring Yahoo’s core business. Yahoo is currently cooperating with law enforcement and more details are expected to be revealed soon.
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