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Millions of emails hacked: Yahoo to reveal massive data breach as sale to Verizon approaches

More than 200 million Yahoo accounts hacked; the hacker "Peace" said, "f*ck them...if they don't do password resets


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 22, 2016 8:02PM (UTC)
In August, the infamous cybercriminal known as "Peace" threatened to release over 200 million Yahoo user credentials.
Despite the fact that Peace previously sold hacked credentials from MySpace and LinkedIn, most refused to believe he would do the same to Yahoo.
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However, when Vice/s Motherboard examined the data, it discovered usernames, dates of birth, and back up email addresses associated with Yahoo accounts. Sometime later this week, all that information will be sold for 3 bitcoins, or the equivalent of about $1,860 — and it's no coincidence that Peace chose to release this data now, just as Yahoo's sale to Verizon is about to be finalized.
The potential liability could hurt not only Verizon, and Yahoo too, as shareholders could become worried of an adjustment of the price of the sale.“We are aware of a claim,” a Yahoo spokesperson told Motherboard in an email.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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