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Verizon: Three billion user accounts of data theft at Yahoo affected

The hacker attack on Yahoo 2013 affects far more users than previously suspected. Yahoo buyer Verizon could now try to lower the purchase price later.

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Verizon: Three billion user accounts of data theft at Yahoo affected

The hacker attack on Yahoo in year 2013 is considered one of largest previously known data fts with about one billion user accounts affected. It was now known that magnitude is apparently even greater: according to new owner, Verizon, all three billion Yahoo accounts were affected.

Under copied data, however, neir passwords in plaintext, nor credit card or account information, was shared with Verizon. According to previous information, attackers were able to gain access to names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and unrecognizable GemachtePasswörter. It may also be possible to answer questions about VergessenenPasswörtern – so-called security questions – from hacker attack. It is still unclear how many accounts were actively used at time of attack.

Subsequent reduction of purchase price?

Yahoo had granted 2016 a hacker attack from year 2014, from which 500 million user accounts were affected. Shortly reafter, previous, larger attack of 2013bekannt. The revelations meant that purchase price for Yahoo dropped by 350Millionen dollars. Verizon still paid nearly $4.8 billion in July 2017. The n Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer waived bonuses.

Legal experts now assume that new owner will be dealt numerous damages lawsuits by Yahoo users and Aktionärenzukommen. Observers speculate that Verizon could obtain a NachträglicheVerringerung of purchase price for takeover.

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