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Things like this new Yahoo data breach are reasons why
we need surveillance and the Patriot Act, as amended, to protect our security
and data, and for the protection of our infrastructure and state security.
September 22, 2016
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Yahoo confirms massive data breach
Hack Brief: Yahoo Breach Hit
Half a Billion Users’ Data
The Daily Walk with Miracles, September 22, 2016, by Paul Evans. Featured photo is courtesy of the CIA Facebook page. Featured video is Yahoo confirms big data breach, Fox news on YouTube, September 22, 2016 — 1:57, tech news sources of Hack Brief: Yahoo Breach Hit Half a Billion Users’ Data, Wired.com, September 22, 2016, by Andy Greenberg, and Yahoo confirms 500 million accounts compromised in huge data breach, Fox news, Tech, September 22, 2016, by James Rogers:
EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS story was updated at 4 p.m. to include new information after Yahoo’s announcement of its data breach.
Over recent months, the ghosts of data breaches past have been returning to plague companies like MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr, as hackers put up for sale massive collections of user credentials stolen earlier in the decade. It seems the summer of ginormous data spills isn’t over yet and just reached a new peak. Yahoo confirmed on Thursday afternoon the theft of personal information of half a billion of its users. The announcement comes at a very inconvenient moment: Just as the web giant is trying to sell itself to Verizon in a multi-billion dollar deal.
The Hack: Yahoo chief information security officer Bob Lord wrote in a statement on Yahoo’s Tumblr site that the company had been the victim of a hacker intrusion in late 2014 that accessed at least 500 million accounts and retrieved a bounty of information, including user names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, security questions and answers, and passwords—albeit passwords protected by cryptographic hashing. “We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor,” Lord writes. “An increasingly connected world has come with increasingly sophisticated threats. Industry, government and users are constantly in the crosshairs of adversaries.”
Paul Evans: Things like this new Yahoo data breach are reasons why we need surveillance and the Patriot Act, as amended, to protect our security and data, and for the protection of our state security. Cyber-security is increasingly important as states like North Korea, Russia, China and ISIS seem to specialize in hackers, very well paid and looked after, whose sole job is to hack into the important information in Western nations and steal, compromise and/or destroy vital infrastructure, like America’s electrical grid. I remember about a year ago there was a gang centered on the Ukraine but with help from various Russians who stole a total of 170 million people’s credit card data before they were caught. However it is state-sponsored hacking terrorism (cyber-security breaches) which does the most damage to our security as a nation and could actually bring us to our knees if we do not have constant vigillance.
In a statement released Thursday, Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord said that the information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014. “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” he said.
However, an ongoing investigation into the hack suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information, according to Lord. Payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the affected system, he added.