E&T news story: 1 billion Yahoo! accounts hacked in latest cyber attack

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Dec 15, 2016
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The data from 1 billion Yahoo! user accounts has been stolen by hackers in what has been described as the largest cyber-security breach in history.

Yahoo admitted the data theft on Wednesday, but said the breach actually occurred in August 2013.

In September 2016 the internet company disclosed that a 2014 breach had compromised the data of 500 million user accounts.

The previously disclosed hack, which Yahoo! blamed on ‘government-funded’ hackers, led Verizon Communications, which is currently in talks to acquire Yahoo’s internet business for $4.83 billion, to reopen the deal.

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Managing Editor, The E&T Cyber Security Hub

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