Yahoo may be warning users about another potential data breach

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Yahoo just can’t seem to catch a break.

Following a series of massive breaches that painted 2016 for the struggling internet giant, Yahoo has reportedly been emailing users, warning about state-sponsored attackers that may have breached their accounts.

This past September, Yahoo revealed a hack that reportedly affected over 500 thousand users, followed by an announcement of a million-user breach just a few months later.

While the extent of the latest attack remains unknown, reports suggest that malicious activity may have taken place on user accounts between 2015 and 2016.

Yahoo confirmed the breach on Wed. February, 15th, and in a statement sent to the Associated Press, the Sunnyvale company tied the development to the “state-sponsored actor” behind the breach of one million user accounts between 2013 and 2014. Some of the data stolen during this hack includes email addresses, birth dates and answers to security questions.

Also over the past year, Yahoo was in communications with Verizon to sell its email service, websites and mobile applications to the telecom giant. Following these breaches however, Yahoo’s discussions with Verizon were reportedly strained. 

In fact, it was reported yesterday by the New York Times that the two companies are approaching a cheaper deal that takes almost $300 million of the original $4.8 billion deal.

Under the new terms, which is expected to be announced in a few days, the two companies will apparently share legal responsibility for the data breaches.

Source: Associated Press