Verizon Says All 3 Billion Yahoo Accounts Were Compromised in 2013 Attack

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo's massive data breach that occurred in August of 2013 affected all three billion Yahoo accounts that existed at the time, Yahoo parent company Verizon disclosed today in a statement on, the website for the brand that now encompasses both AOL and Yahoo.

    Previously, Yahoo said the hack affected 1 billion accounts, or a third of all accounts at the time. Verizon now says new intelligence suggests the attack was much larger, compromising all Yahoo accounts in 2013.

    Information stolen from affected accounts included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords, and both encrypted and unencrypted security questions and answers. Clear text passwords, bank account information, and credit/debit card information are not believed to have been accessed in the attack.

    In a statement, Verizon says the Yahoo team is continuing to take significant steps to enhance security.
    Yahoo initially uncovered the attack after law enforcement officials provided the company with Yahoo user data from an unknown source. Yahoo notified users it believed were affected in 2016 at the time the attack was disclosed, but the company will now send email notifications to additional user accounts affected by the hack.

    Along with the attack in 2013, Yahoo saw another data breach in 2014 that compromised 500 million accounts, and a third major breach targeting accounts between 2015 and 2016.

    The security breaches affected Verizon's $4.48 billion June acquisition of Yahoo, leading Yahoo to drop its asking price by $350 million.

    Yahoo is already under SEC investigation for not disclosing the data breach sooner and affected victims have been given the right to sue the company.

    Article Link: Verizon Says All 3 Billion Yahoo Accounts Were Compromised in 2013 Attack
  2. catportal macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2016
    *whistling while Marissa Mayor floats away in her golden parachute*
  3. IPPlanMan, Oct 3, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2017

    IPPlanMan macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2009
    Rule #1: They’re always lying

    This was intentionally slow-walked to get past the acquisition.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 3, 2017 ---
    I’ll bet she knew the whole time. Disgraceful.

    She needs to be called before Congress:

    Drop these Members on the Committee a line and get her put in the hot seat.
  4. akfgpuppet macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2011
    The 831
    It was just easier to say that all accounts were compromised.
  5. Urban Joe Suspended

    Mar 19, 2012
    What a farce. The words privacy and internet don’t belong in the same sentence. Makes ya wonder though...
  6. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    How Yahoo handles the issue is the far bigger scandal.
  7. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Could be indicative of a pattern of behaviour in the corporate world. First Yahoo’s (mis)handling, and then Equifax’s. Not surprising, though. Profits trump all else with that mindset.
  8. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    I believe there was a study some time ago showing the average intelligence and income of Yahoo users was lower than that of the other main competitors.
  9. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Slow clap for Marissa Mayer. I hope she faces some stiff penalties for what was clearly a deliberate scheme to keep the truth from being known for so long. It doesn't take four years to uncover the fact that your entire system of user accounts was breached. Four months, perhaps; but it would not have taken them four years to know that information.
  10. dwsolberg macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2003
    At some point very soon, I'm pretty sure that bad actors are going to know all the verifiable information about everyone, including the answers to just about all security questions.

    So what are the implications? It will be interesting.
  11. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I read earlier today is was closer to 500 trillion ...
  12. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2013
    United States
    To be fair, they might have missed a few :rolleyes:
  13. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    it will not take long with today's computers to decrypt hashed passwords from back then, so its safe to say that clear passwords were also stolen
  14. The Cappy macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2015
    Dunwich Fish Market
    Published alongside the study that showed that people like to make crap up on the internet? Yeah. I think I remember it.
  15. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    What's more shocking is that Y actually had 3 billion accounts
  16. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Yahoo drove themselves into the ground. I’ll be shocked if Verizon doesn’t try to get money back on this.
  17. hauntvictim macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    I think the most annoying aspect is the fact that I can not change my Apple ID and am stuck with the horrible 80 spam emails a day for this Yahoo! account.
  18. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  19. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    For the guys who stole all our info, my first pets name wasn’t actually Sir Fluffy Wuffy. I was lying.

    Seriously though, this company should be shut down.
  20. MistrSynistr macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2014
    2,9 billion of them used only as stunt accounts for dating sites. lol.
  21. arybaryba macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2015

    Of course you can change your Apple ID. You just can't use an iCloud, .me, etc. email. You can use Gmail, Outlook, or anything else. I got rid of my Gmail address and moved my ID to an Outlook address
  22. elvisimprsntr, Oct 3, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2017

    elvisimprsntr macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2013
    Effective security costs $, which will be first to get cut when revenue is down. At least until there is a breach.

    Most technology competent people know Yahoo has always been a cesspool for SPAM, ADWARE, and MALWARE. Ditto for AOL. Guests at my home don't understand why I block access YAHOO, AOL, FB, etc. If they don't like it, they can use their own service or data plan.

    I have absolutely no idea what Verizon saw in Yahoo. Marissa Mayer's strategy was to cut costs and bulk up through acqusitions to solicit a premium during the sale, all while lining her pockets... pretty dresses. Congrats for executing flawlessly. Or she was completely incompetent and couldn't manage her way out of a paper bag.
  23. webbuzz macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2010
    And giggles all the way.
  24. IPPlanMan macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2009
    I’d like to see her called before Congress:

    Drop these Members on the Committee a line.
  25. Phonephreak macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2017
    Here and there
    So glad I never had a yahoo account. Never needed it

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