Yahoo expected to confirm massive data breach, impacting several hundreds of millions of users

“Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts,” Kara Swisher reports for Recode.

“While sources were unspecific about the extent of the incursion, since there is the likelihood of government investigations and legal action related to the breach, they noted that it is widespread and serious,” Swisher reports. “Earlier this summer, Yahoo said it was investigating a data breach in which hackers claimed to have access to 200 million user accounts and one was selling them online [user names, easily decrypted passwords and personal information like birth dates and other email addresses]. ‘It’s as bad as that,’ said one source. ‘Worse, really.'”

Swisher reports, “The announcement, which is expected to come this week, also has possible larger implications for the $4.8 billion sale of Yahoo’s core business — which is at the core of this hack — to Verizon.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Luckily for us, our only exposure with Yahoo are unique email addresses used only for a couple of Yahoo Fantasy leagues. Hopefully, you are similarly or less exposed.

13 Comments

  1. Glad I have no Yahoo accounts but it seems like no is is truly secure these days. The Gatekeepers must always be doing their due diligence to keep out intruders, who are always hammering at the gates trying to get in. Those virtual gates can’t be fortified enough.

  2. I don’t know if it helps but I do have dual factor authentication turned on. And will be migrating my last yahoo account off their system. So sad as I have had that account for almost 20 years.

          1. Glad to read you did not DIRECTLY address, or more importantly, DISAGREE with my post.

            Take another drag, PreDrug. Maybe the mystery of Melissa will come to you in a hazy dream.

            1. You truly are clueless! Things fly above your head, at Concorde speed, you don’t seem to even notice anything happened!

              For the slowest of the slow (such as the Me2Sense, for example), reference to the Melissa virus was to point out that if you try to write about someone, the first thing you must do right is spell their name correctly. (hint: it is Marissa)

  3. Why did it take Yahoo two years to notify us?
    Because they didn’t know or because they were trying to hide the break-in?
    That’s not sarcasm, it’s an accrual question I would like someone to ask Yahoo.

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