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Before Google, and by extension, Gmail, became the ubiquitous powerhouse that it is today, Yahoo was one of the internet’s most used search engines and email providers. However, between 2013 and 2016, Yahoo, now a shell of its former self and owned by Verizon, suffered multiple security breaches that affected over a billion of their users. In an article for CNN Tech, detailing what affected users should do, Sherisse Pham states that one of the breaches happened in August 2013, but that Yahoo didn’t disclose this information until December 2016. Pham (2016) was quoted saying, “That means whoever plundered the information has had more than three years to exploit it.” When word of the first breach became known, Verizon was still in the middle…show more content…
Engadget writer, Mariella Moon, touched on this in a piece she wrote for the website at the beginning of Sept. 2017. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that users who were victims of the data breach have the right to sue Yahoo, after the company claimed users had no grounds to sue on. Moon (2017) went on to write, “When the breach was first announced, Yahoo said customers' "names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers" were stolen.” After finding out what happened, many users paid for identity theft protection services. Something they may not have had to do if Yahoo was upfront about the breaches as they discovered the news…show more content…
Stempel (2017) goes on to quote a statement from Judge Koh’s 93-page decision, “All plaintiffs have alleged a risk of future identity theft, in addition to loss of value of their personal identification information.” John Yanchunis, a lawyer for many plaintiffs who already had earlier claims against Yahoo dismissed, felt that the consumers gained a significant victory with Judge Koh’s ruling (Stempel, 2017). All in all, between the three known data breaches, which some believe is the biggest in history, over 1.5 billion users were
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