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Your Yahoo Account May Have Been Compromised Even Though Your Password Was Safe

Yahoo previously said that 2014 hack might have affected above 500 mn accounts and over 1 billion Yahoo accounts were compromised.


Yahoo said Wednesday it was informing some customers that hackers might have been capable to use a trick to break into their yahoo accounts without stealing passwords.

The newest notifications were in retort to the record breach exposed late last year distressing an assessed one billion users – which tangled forging of “cookies” or files used to validate users when they go into their accounts.

The notification designates the enquiry into the attacks are in the last stage, rendering to a source acquainted with the matter, noticing that messages had been sent to “a sensibly final list” of its customers.

A Yahoo narrator said the business was alerting all possibly affected users and that it had “invalidated” the fake cookies.

“As we have formerly disclosed, our outside forensic specialists have been exploring the creation of forged cookies that could have allowed an interloper to access our customers’ accounts without a password,” the business said in a declaration.

“The study has recognized user accounts for which we consider forged cookies were made or used.”

Yahoo proclaimed in September that hackers in 2014 stole private data from more than 500 million of its user accounts. It admitted one more cyber-attack in December, this one dating from 2013, and distressing more than a billion customers.

The data breaches have been a main awkwardness for a former Internet leader that is in the procedure of selling its core processes to telecom commercial Verizon for about $4.8 billion.

Certain reports Wednesday said the two businesses had decided to discount the worth by $250 million to $300 million following confession of the attacks.

Neither Yahoo nor Verizon remarked on the reports.

Yahoo is selling its core operating business as a mode to separate that from its more valued stake in Chinese internet company Alibaba.

The share-tending body, to be retitled Altaba, Inc., will act as an investment business.

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