Yahoo: The Folks in the East Did It. Maybe

November 9, 2017

I have not thought too much about Yahoot. Sorry, I meant Yahoo. Oh, right, Yahoo is now Oath. I did revisit the online outfit when I read “Former Yahoo CEO Apologizes for Data Breaches, Blames Russians.” The real news and professional publishing outfit Thomson Reuters informed me:

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies.

I noted this passage:

Mayer said Yahoo has not been able to identify how the 2013 intrusion occurred and that the company did not learn of the incident until the U.S. government presented data to Yahoo in November 2016. She said even “robust” defenses are not enough to defend against state-sponsored attacks and compared the fight with hackers to an “arms race.”

There is nothing like taking action, telling users, and assuming responsibility in a timely manner. Oh, 2013 is just like yesterday.

Yahooooot. Silicon Valley sets the pace.

Stephen E Arnold, November 9, 2017


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