YAHOO HACKED: Largest Reported Data Breach in History

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Yesterday, Yahoo announced that in 2014 the company experienced a massive data breach after being infiltrated by what they described as “state-sponsored” hackers. As many as 500 million accounts  were compromised (the largest number ever exposed), and Yahoo has been sitting on this information for some time; probably to avoid any complications with its recent sale to Verizon ( a nearly 5 billion dollar deal). The BBC reports:

Verizon, which has agreed to buy Yahoo, said it had not been told until a couple of days ago – why not? And why is Marissa Mayer, a chief executive who has presided over bad deals and now the biggest breach in internet history, still in charge? In July, Yahoo was sold to US telecoms giant Verizon for $4.8bn (£3.7bn). Verizon told the BBC it had learned of the hack “within the last two days” and said it had “limited information”. It added: “Until then, we are not in position to further comment.”

Top 10 Previous Breaches

MySpace accounts – 359m
LinkedIn accounts – 164m
Adobe accounts – 152m
Badoo accounts – 112m
VK accounts – 93m
Dropbox accounts – 68m
tumblr accounts – 65m
iMesh accounts – 49m
Fling accounts – 40m accounts – 37m

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