Yahoo reveals that every single user was affected by a 2013 hack

Yahoo Hack

Yahoo Hack

A 2013 hack that has been described as one of the biggest publicly-disclosed breaches of all time impacted customer accounts of three times more people than first believed, according to Verizon-owned Yahoo.

External forensic experts were brought in following Yahoo being acquired by Verizon, and the company has now tripled the number of accounts it believes were compromised.

Yahoo is sending email notifications to the additional affected user accounts, Oath added.

Oath did not specify what information was at risk for the users, but said that hackers did not steal passwords, credit card numbers or bank account information.

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The broader impact of the hack was contained in a notice sent out by Verizon and Yahoo.

Names, email addresses and passwords, but not financial information, were breached, Yahoo said previous year.

Yahoo said since any users had multiple accounts on Yahoo, the number of victims might be low.

A majority of the three billion accounts affected, though, will no doubt be little used or once used email accounts.

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Yahoo had previously stated that only 1 billion accounts were compromised back in 2013 which subsequently led the company to cut down the price of some assets it sold to Verizon. However, the company has been round-the-clock in helping users protect their accounts.

As part of its December announcement, Yahoo says it required all users who had not changed their passwords since 2013 to do so, and disabled unencrypted security questions and answers. The company is continuing to work closely with law enforcement.

Another element at play here is that the disclosure of the massive Yahoo data breach came during Verizon's buyout of Yahoo.

The company did not provide any details about who may have been behind the attack except for saying that an "unauthorised party" stole the data.

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