3 Billion Accounts Hacked In 2013 Data Theft: Yahoo


Sacramento: Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, which already had spawned a nationwide lawsuit.

Yahoo said last December that data from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in 2013, the largest of a series of thefts that forced Yahoo to cut the price of its assets in a sale to Verizon Communications (VZ.N), its current owner.

Yahoo on Tuesday said “recently obtained new intelligence” showed all user accounts had been affected. However, the company said the investigation indicated that the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information.

Verizon in February lowered its original offer by $350 million for Yahoo assets in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company.