Yahoo Says More Than 1 Billion Users May Have Been Exposed in New Hack

The incident is “likely distinct” from an incident announced in September.

Dado Ruvic/Zuma

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


Yahoo disclosed Wednesday that user data associated with “more than one billion” user accounts was stolen by a hacker in August 2013. In a statement, the company says the incident is “likely distinct” from an incident announced in September in which account data connected to 500 million accounts was stolen by what the company claimed was a “state-sponsored actor.”

The data stolen “may have” included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers, according to Yahoo. See the full statement below, via Good Morning America:

It’s unclear how this latest announcement will affect the ongoing acquisition of the company by Verizon. In July, Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion. After the September announcement, Verizon General Counsel Craig Siliman told reporters that the breach could affect the deal, according to Reuters, and others have speculated that the breach could drive down the sale price.

FACT:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2020 demands.

payment methods

FACT:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2020 demands.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate