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All Yahoo Account Were Hacked

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Three billion Yahoo accounts — including email, Tumblr, Fantasy, and Flickr — or three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016 were hacked.

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

The new disclosure comes four months after Verizon (VZ, Tech30) acquired Yahoo’s core internet assets for $4.48 billion. Yahoo is part of Verizon’s digital media company, which is called Oath.

Verizon revised the number of breached accounts to three billion after receiving new information.

“The company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft,” Verizon said in a statement.

Verizon would not provide any information about who the outside forensics experts are.

Yahoo will send emails to the additional affected accounts. Following the hacking revelations last year, Yahoo required password changes and invalidated unencrypted security questions to protect user information.

According to experts, it’s not uncommon for forensic investigations to expose a greater number of victims than initial estimates.

 

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Yahoo Going Through Huge Changes

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Once the proposed $4.8 billion sale to Verizon is completed, CEO Marissa Mayer announced she would resign from the company’s board and the company could even get a new name.

After the Verizon deal closes the company would be renamed Altaba

Yahoo Admitted 500 MillionAccounts Hacked: However, This Is News To Verizon

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Yahoo admitted that back in 2014 there was a theft of 500 million accounts. However, Verizon who recently acquired Yahoo in July for $4.83 billion has not finalized the acquisition and says this is news to them, they’re just learning about this.

Hacker Named “Peace” Selling Yahoo Accounts

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The hacking of yahoo account certainly comes at a bad time when Yahoo is in the process of selling its company to the mega giant Verizon. The hack,  became known in August when an infamous cybercriminal named “Peace” said on a website that he was selling credentials of 200 million Yahoo users from 2012 on the dark web for just over $1,800. The data allegedly included user names, easily decrypted passwords, personal information like birth dates and other email addresses.

Notorious Hacker Claims He Has Yahoo Accounts For Sale

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The notorious black hat says he has more than 200 million hacked Yahoo accounts for sale on the dark Web. Yahoo is refusing to comment on its veracity. Yahoo accounts are primarily used to log into the company’s webmail service, but also for other sites like Flickr. It is uncertain  at this point whether Yahoo has itself been breached, but the account data has been publicly available on a Tor-accessible marketplace called The Real Deal since Monday, and is apparently being sold by a hacker known as Peace, who has previously been linked to large-scale sales of MySpace and LinkedIn account details in 2012.

The entire dump, which apparently contains usernames, hashed passwords created with the md5 algorithm, dates of birth, and occasional backup email addresses, can be bought for three bitcoins (roughly £1,360 or $1,813).

Yahoo recommends creating stronger passwords

Tech Summer Camps Booming In Popularity

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Tech summer camps are growing in popularity particularly around the Pacific Northwest.

iD Tech Camp is holding several summer tech camps at the University of Washington.Video games are very popular. At iD Tech Camps, kids ages 7-to-17 are learning how to code, program, and develop video games and apps. They also get hands-on training in Photoshop, web design and popular robotics classes.

Camp counselors are trying to get young people trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. iD Tech Camp points says more than one million jobs in STEM fields are expected to go unfilled by 2020. Yet, 9-out-of-10 high schools don’t offer computer science classes. Computer Science is a field where the females are  outnumbered by males. Still at the tech camps there are more boys than girls.

Major tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn released their workforce diversity figures this week after much pressure. According to USA TODAY, males outnumbered female staff by an average of 70% to 30%. The majority of workers were white followed by Asian.

 

Twitter’s Figures & Stats

 

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Twitter’s diversity figures, by ethnicity. Graphic via Twitter.

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Yahoo To Block Facebook & Google

 

 

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The word from Reuters says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is transforming her company. Yahoo will begin removing the option to sign into any of Yahoo’s services with a Facebook or Google account.  Starting with “Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick ‘Em,” a fantasy college basketball service, the company says it will eventually remove Facebook and Google sign-in buttons from all its products. It seems that genuine Yahoo IDs might make users more likely to use other Yahoo services, and their activity can be tracked and experience personalized more easily. Recently, Yahoo freed up a number of new Yahoo usernames by retiring abandoned identities.

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