Verizon reveals Yahoo data breach affected all 3 billion accounts

AnĀ investigation found that the stolen user account information did not include passwords in clear text payment card data or bank account information

AnĀ investigation found that the stolen user account information did not include passwords in clear text payment card data or bank account information

All 3 billion Yahoo user accounts were compromised during a 2013 data breach, the company announced today.

External forensic experts were brought in following Yahoo being acquired by Verizon, and the company has now tripled the number of accounts it believes were compromised.

It has been disclosed that accounts of every Yahoo user back in 2013, that is 3 billion were compromised in one of the biggest hacks ever.

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In a highlighted statement, where Yahoo informs or users about 2 billion affected by attack, hackers were unable to capture credit card and bank account information. Yahoo notified the users it had identified at that time as potentially affected. The company recently issued a notice that said all accounts in their services that existed at the time of the 2013 breach might have been hacked.

Verizon revised the number of breached accounts to three billion after receiving new information.

The deal's price was cut by $350 million after Yahoo's initial revelations of the data breaches.

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This huge digital assault is considered the largest in the history of the internet - even when it was originally estimated to have hit one billion accounts.

Despite it coming to light that all of Yahoo's customers were affected by the breach, Verizon is taking a stiff upper lip approach and Yahoo is continuing to investigate the deeper details of the data breach.

The company, then run by CEO Marissa Mayer, disclosed in November that law enforcement officials had given it data files showing what appeared to be evidence that an unknown third party had access to Yahoo user data. They also said that the security questions and backup emails linked to the primary one allowed the hack to network into other accounts.

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Security vendor Sophos advised all Yahoo users to change their passwords again, if they have not already done so when news of the attacks first emerged. "Yahoo also invalidated unencrypted security questions and answers so they can not be used to access an account", Yahoo said on Tuesday.

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