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More than 1 bln Yahoo user accounts hacked in new discovery

More than 1 bln  Yahoo user accounts hacked in new discoveryData from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest breach in history, Reuters.

Yahoo Inc said Wednesday that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber attack occurred back in 2013 with the number of affected accounts to double the number implicated in a 2014 breach that the internet company disclosed in September.

The Internet giant then blamed on hackers working on behalf of a government.

Following the latest disclosure, Verizon said, "we will review the impact of this new development before reaching any final conclusions."

A Yahoo spokesman told Reuters that the company has been in communication with Verizon during its investigation into the breach and that it is confident the incident will not affect the pending acquisition.

Yahoo required all of its customers to reset their passwords - a stronger measure than it took after the previous breach was discovered, when it only recommended a password reset.

"Yahoo badly screwed up," said Bruce Schneier, a cryptologist and one of the world's most respected security experts. "They weren't taking security seriously and that's now very clear. I would have trouble trusting Yahoo going forward."

Yahoo was tentative in its description of new problems, saying the incident was "likely" distinct from the one it reported in September and that stolen information "may have included" names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
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