Find the latest episode of "The Uncertain Hour" here. Listen
Final Note

Another 1 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2013

Kai Ryssdal Dec 14, 2016
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Final Note

Another 1 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2013

Kai Ryssdal Dec 14, 2016
Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

When reading about that Trump tech summit today, we made the observation that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wasn’t present. That might be because she was busy dealing with another big hack.

To be precise, a billion accounts big.

The company released a statement Wednesday afternoon that said the following: “We believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts.” The compromised data includes passwords and security questions.

And that wasn’t all: “We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed on September 22, 2016,” referring to another breach of 500 million accounts.

You might recall Yahoo is in the middle of being bought by Verizon for about $5 billion.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.