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August 2013 Yahoo Hack Impacted Entire 3bn Accounts


A security breach at Yahoo in 2013 disturbed the total 3bn accounts of the Internet giant. Its parent company Verizon revealed so after one fresh examination of the event. Verizon that took over Yahoo's assets during early 2017 sharply revised initial computations of 1bn impacted A/Cs to 3bn.


Verizon's disclosure indicates the computation has been done on the basis of "new intelligence" after a probe assisted with external forensic specialists into August 2013 event. It is the same date when the massive Yahoo breach got disclosed that credit company Equifax's ex-chief faced interrogation regarding a hack into the company's computers which let illegitimate access of credit card data, social security numbers as well as additional personal information belonging to 145.5m consumers.


Unfortunately, Yahoo along with the company's executives bore heavy expenses because of the breach. Ex-chief executive of Yahoo Ms. Marissa Mayer surrendered the cash bonus she was entitled to in 2016 after the incident while Ronald Bell top lawyer at Yahoo gave his resignation. Yahoo, via Securities and Exchange Commission during May, informed that about 43 lawsuits of consumer class-action type had been filed charging it in connection with the incident. Theguardian.com posted this, October 3, 2017.


The notorious breach against Yahoo is worse unlike earlier imagined. For, its entire 3bn user-accounts of 2013 got impacted with the hack, stated Verizon the company which currently owns Yahoo. Earlier, according to Yahoo, the breach impacted 1bn accounts.


Back in 2014 there was another hack against Yahoo. That one impacted some 500m people and believably was distinct from the August hack of 2013. During March 2017, the Justice Department charged 4 individuals allegedly involved in the 2014 assault. The individuals included 2 hackers and 2 Russian spies.


Yahoo is recognized as a foremost company functioning solely for the Web. It also pioneered numerous developments. However, the various data hacks will, appropriately else otherwise, give the company as lasting legacy.


Conclusively, it's imperative that Web-surfers forever exercise right computer hygiene, whether they use Yahoo or they don't. Accordingly, no password should be repeated in another account while dual-factor verification implemented for each and every account.

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