Yahoo says all 3 billion user accounts were impacted by 2013 security breach

Yahoo announced yesterday that the huge data breach in August 2013 affected every user on its service.

That’s all three billion user accounts and up from the initial one billion figure Yahoo initially reported.

Since disclosing the hack, Yahoo continued to add more numbers of accounts compromised. But this announcement makes it clear. If you had a email account with them, you were part of the breach.

Firstly, the hack exposed user account information and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers back in 2016. It also exposed name, email address, hashed passwords, birthdays and phone numbers.

Moreover, the tech company did confirm that passwords were not stolen in clear text, and hackers did not get bank or credit card information tied to the Yahoo accounts.

The news comes four months after they was acquired by Verizon Communications (under a new division named Oath) for $4.48 billion — down $350 million from the initial offer due to the severity of the hacks.


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