Friday, 23 September 2016 - 9:16
Yahoo confirms massive data breach affecting 500 million accounts
Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.
The massive security breakdown disclosed Thursday poses new headaches for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she scrambles to close a $4.8 billion (U.S.) sale to Verizon Communication.
The breach Thursday dates back to late 2014, raising questions about the checks and balances within Yahoo, a fallen Internet star that has been laying off staff to counter a steep drop in revenue during the past eight years.
At the time of the break-in, Yahoo’s security team was led by Alex Stamos, a respected industry executive who left last year to take a similar job at Facebook.