The New York Times reports that a Yahoo user database was sold on the Dark Web last August for $300,000
Don’t Panic is a phrase inscribed on the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The novel explains that this was partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travelers from panicking. Maybe the Yahoo should make it compulsory reading for their security folks.
It’s lovely to know that it only costs $300,000 to be able to threaten a billion people’s online existence – which means each account is only worth $0.0003 to hackers who can ruin your life online in a matter of minutes.
“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again.”
Though Yahoo is still unaware of how the hackers were able to access their e-mail servers
and take off with personal info, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, MD5 hashed passwords, under their belts. This breach is also said to include encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers for some of the users. The database is also said to include login credentials of over 150,000 U.S government and military employees — which puts their identity and life at risk.
Verizon sees Yahoo user hack as a bargain opportunity
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is getting hacked into a corner. The tech exec and her board will likely be forced to slash the price of a $4.8 billion merger with Verizon if they hope to save the deal — as a massive, 1 billion user e-mail breach has “devastated Yahoo’s leverage at the bargaining table,” according to a source close to the talks.
Mayer, for her part, “has been acting like it’s business as usual” at Yahoo’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., since the tech-and-telecom tie-up was announced in July, according to an insider close to the company.
Some Yahoo execs, meanwhile, “are barely coming to work, waiting for a check and for [the merger] to be closed,” according to the source.
“Life,” said Marvin dolefully, “loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.”