The security breach at Yahoo! has affected millions of users. Back in July, the company was announced to be purchased by Verizon. From that point on, everything appears to go wrong. In September, Yahoo! announced that approximately 500 million users were hacked. Company’s representatives believed that state-paid hacker did this job, affecting millions of people and revealing confidential data about users.
Thus, Verizon decided to decrease their buying price and Yahoo! wanted to change the name. Since then, Yahoo! has been trying to win its customers back by implementing new features in the mail app. The company hoped to flourish again and become successful. But, unfortunately, approximately a week ago Yahoo! users were sent an email claiming that they revealed a new hacking event which might have occurred in 2015 or 2016 which was triggered by forged cookies.
Thus, information coming from one billion accounts was taken back in 2013. In 2014, hackers had stolen data from five hundred million accounts, and in 2015 and 2016, hackers used forged cookies to access accounts. It appears that Yahoo! keeps getting attacked, experiencing more and more security breaches. The company has experienced several security issues lately that users became tired of their mistakes and weak level of safety.
Since the last major security breach was announced, Yahoo!’s executives meet every day organizing working sessions to improve their cyber security. However, this seems to be the opinion of the Senate committee which interrogated and questioned Yahoo! about their frequent security breaches. Senators Jerry Moran and John Thune have sent Yahoo! a letter requesting for answers, after the company already canceled a scheduled meeting with representatives from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at the beginning of February.
Based on a recent post in the media, the committee requested some answers regarding the hacking incident, the users who were affected and also the steps the company needed to follow to identify and ameliorate consumer harm. Probably, all Yahoo! users are interested in finding out the answers to these questions. Apparently, Yahoo! is currently working with foreign, state and federal government officials to reveal who is to be blamed for the security breaches.
Back in 2013, Yahoo! found out about their violation from a law enforcement agency. The company hired a risk management executive bound to concentrate on providing security.
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