Yahoo now says all 3 billion accounts hit in 2013 breach


Previously, the company estimated the hack affected one billion accounts.

The breach, which affected all 3 billion Yahoo users, had been disclosed in December 2016 as having affected only 1 billion users. Rather than 1 billion accounts, or about a third of users who had ever used the platform, all 3 billion accounts were actually impacted, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

"Verizon is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, and we proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats", said Chandra McMahon, Chief Information Security Officer, Verizon.

The revelation was disclosed by Yahoo's new parent company, Verizon Communications, in an update to its security page.

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Yahoo said that the hackers did not obtain plaintext passwords, credit card data, or bank account information.

Verizon had demanded a lower price tag after Yahoo revealed two massive cyberattacks that took place before the takeover deal was announced. Compromised customer information included usernames, passwords, and in some cases telephone numbers and dates of birth, the spokesman said.

Verizon has also directed users to a frequently asked questions page that had been set up in the wake of the hack.

The company said that the attackers stole the user information from its system in August of 2013.