by Graham Pierrepoint
Yahoo admits data breach was triple the size originally thought - affecting all of its 3 billion users worldwide
Yahoo is a company that has seen considerable issues over the past 12-18 months – perhaps even before then. With email providers and search engines arguably outgrowing the brand, such an issue seemed to be the least of the firm’s issues – as the once leading internet powerhouse last year revealed that up to a billion of their users’ accounts had been leaked and compromised. This led to struggles with the firm being sold – and, at present, it continues to saunter along at its own pace – having been successfully swallowed up by Verizon and AOL in recent times - though further news relating to the true ferocity of the aforementioned compromise has spelt even worse news for the embattled brand.
It’s emerged that, according to further disclosure from the brand, that up to three billion accounts may have in fact been leaked as part of the gargantuan incident some time ago. This is an attack that reportedly took Yahoo some time to discover, too – with further data leaks also occurring in 2014 and 2016. All in all, it is a series of events that could have led to more damage done to the brand than has transpired – but, as it turns out, Yahoo is very much still with us, albeit under the watchful gaze of Verizon. It’s worth remembering rumors, too, that Verizon may have requested a pay slash during negotiations as a result of the series of events.
Yahoo have been up front about clarifying the true extent of the attack – and have advised that more or less all available Yahoo accounts were compromised in the summer of 2013. It is, of course, recommended that you change your passwords if you were potentially affected – though four years on, it may be too little, too late for some users. The issues that stand out from Yahoo’s latest bombshell reveal that the company is once again fairly late in discussing the true events that may have transpired – though this is argued to be down to a lack of available intelligence.
Yahoo, for now, will continue to operate as its own brand – but following additional information being added onto the data breach scandals that have rocked it so many times before, will it have a future on its own two feet as part of Verizon and AOL? No one’s sure – stay tuned.