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September 22, 2016

Breaking: Yahoo Admits to Data Breach of 500 Million(!) User Accounts

Yahoo has revealed that information related to at least 500 million user accounts were stolen from its network in a 2014 incident. The perpetrator, the company believes, was a state-sponsored hacker.

In a significant announcement, Yahoo has revealed that the information of some 500 million user accounts have been impacted and stolen from a 2014 data breach, contrary to earlier indicators that the breach impacted 200 million user accounts from a 2012 cyberattack.

The stolen account information includes:

Names Email addresses Telephone numbers Dates of birth Hashed passwords (a significant majority which bcrypt hash) Encrypted or unencrypted security questions and [...]
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September 22, 2016

Report: Yahoo! Will Confirm “Massive” Data Breach

Yahoo! is expected to confirm its unwelcome distinction of being the victim of the largest data breach on record. A report has the tech giant is expected to disclose details of a hack that has affected some 200 million Yahoo users.

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October 22, 2015

How The Mighty Have Fallen: Yahoo! Turns To Google for Advertising Pact

Many of the early pioneers of the web are now shells of their former selves. Lycos, Excite, and others no longer have any real relevance.

This is not to mention the thousands of other sites that were relevant to users of the early web. Some have survived, such as some of the first major eCommerce efforts, like eBay and Amazon. But Yahoo! has been in a steady state of decline for years now, and some might say it’s reached a new low by signing an advertising deal with Google, a company which was founded six years (forever in technology years) after Yahoo! and began as a project by college students.

Yahoo! Search used to compete directly with Google, but now its [...]

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August 4, 2015

Yahoo Used by Hackers to Spread Malware to Millions of Users

The ad network used by Yahoo’s biggest domains including Yahoo.com among other frequently visited websites was the target of a cybercriminal group to spread malware to hundreds of millions of Yahoo visitors.

Advertising across several of Yahoo’s biggest domains including Yahoo.com and the company’s sports, finance, celebrity and game domains is being used by malicious hackers of a cybercrime group to spread malware to millions of Yahoo visitors. The intrusion was discovered and elaborated upon by security firm Malwarebytes.

Yahoo has an estimated 6.9 billion visits per month on its homepage yahoo.com, making it a particularly appealing target for a large-scale [...]

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