Yahoo! to confirm data breach

22 September 2016
Yahoo! to confirm data breach

Yahoo are ready to come clean about a data breach they suffered in 2012, that affected around 200 million people.

Now, they've not confessed to anything yet, but a source close to the company said that the fall out from this could very well see government investigations taking place, and legal action.

They referred to the breach as "widespread and serious".

The data that was included in the leak, which was being sold on the dark web by someone called 'Peace' (yours, for 3 bitcoin), included usernames, dates of birth, and hashed passwords.

In the immediate aftermath of the breach, Yahoo! resolutely failed to do a password reset for their customers, which is peculiar behaviour to say the least.

At the time, Yahoo! said: "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously. Our security team is working to determine the facts."

This was in the middle of a period when there were a host of huge breaches - it also hit LinkedIn, Tumblr, MySpace, and the Russian version of Facebook VK.

Either way, it looks like there could be an announcement about this later on in the week, and Yahoo! will see their share price taking a hit, and then a whole world of trouble awaits.

TOPICS:   Technology

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