The Yahoo Hack

Thane_Mantis
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edited 4 Oct 2017, 1:30AM
Dunno if anyone heard about this, but back in 2013 there was a mega-breach of Yahoos databases that left alot of info and data. A good 1 billion users of Yahoos services in fact had info like security questions and answers and names left out in the open. Anyways, they just discovered that apparently not 1, but all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were left vulnerable thanks to the original 2013 hack. Largest breach in history.
Anyone wanna take bets on how long Yahoo survives after this?
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  • KrisK
    KrisK
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    Dunno if anyone heard about this, but back in 2013 there was a mega-breach of Yahoos databases that left alot of info and data. A good 1 billion users of Yahoos services in fact had info like security questions and answers and names left out in the open. Anyways, they just discovered that apparently not 1, but all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were left vulnerable thanks to the original 2013 hack. Largest breach in history.
    Anyone wanna take bets on how long Yahoo survives after this?
    Probably for years to come. Flash has been hacked so many times, and it won't officially die for another 3 years.
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  • AncientViper
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    I know I'm late on this but I would say the Adobe Breach and MySpace breach was pretty big too.
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  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
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    I know I'm late on this but I would say the Adobe Breach and MySpace breach was pretty big too.
    True, but Yahoo's colossal failure has left everyone vulnerable. Hard to top that right lol.
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  • Yard
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    It's incredible Yahoo haven't gone under yet. They've been shrinking since, what, 2006?

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  • Thane_Mantis
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    Yard said:

    It's incredible Yahoo haven't gone under yet. They've been shrinking since, what, 2006?

    Maybe this'll put them one step closer to the grave.
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  • Yard
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    @Thane_Mantis said:
    Yard said:

    It's incredible Yahoo haven't gone under yet. They've been shrinking since, what, 2006?

    Maybe this'll put them one step closer to the grave.

    Probably. They've been losing money year on year and all their side projects seem to have crumbled.

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  • Thane_Mantis
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    Yard said:

    @Thane_Mantis said:
    Yard said:

    It's incredible Yahoo haven't gone under yet. They've been shrinking since, what, 2006?

    Maybe this'll put them one step closer to the grave.

    Probably. They've been losing money year on year and all their side projects seem to have crumbled.

    Yeah. I think their trying to follow in the footstops of Google and emulate their success in basically all the things. Like you said though, it hasn't really worked out. This mega-breach certainly won't inspire confidence in people to use their services.
    Here, interesting hypothetical question. If a breach of this scale were to strike Google, how badly do you think it would hurt them?
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  • Yard
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    @Thane_Mantis said:
    Yard said:

    @Thane_Mantis said:

    Yard said:

    It's incredible Yahoo haven't gone under yet. They've been shrinking since, what, 2006?
    

    Maybe this'll put them one step closer to the grave.

    Probably. They've been losing money year on year and all their side projects seem to have crumbled.

    Yeah. I think their trying to follow in the footstops of Google and emulate their success in basically all the things. Like you said though, it hasn't really worked out. This mega-breach certainly won't inspire confidence in people to use their services.
    Here, interesting hypothetical question. If a breach of this scale were to strike Google, how badly do you think it would hurt them?

    Badly, obviously, but I think Google would have the means to manage the fallout better. They've got a very good brand image, and frankly I wouldn't expect Google to have such security issues on the first place. Perhaps it would be worse if only because Google has more users so more would be affected.

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  • Thane_Mantis
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    Yard said:

    Thane_Mantis said:

    Yeah. I think their trying to follow in the footstops of Google and emulate their success in basically all the things. Like you said though, it hasn't really worked out. This mega-breach certainly won't inspire confidence in people to use their services.
    Here, interesting hypothetical question. If a breach of this scale were to strike Google, how badly do you think it would hurt them?

    Badly, obviously, but I think Google would have the means to manage the fallout better. They've got a very good brand image, and frankly I wouldn't expect Google to have such security issues on the first place. Perhaps it would be worse if only because Google has more users so more would be affected.

    Indeed. I do believe Google have been taking a close look at security for awhile now. In fact awhile ago they even worked to produce a crack for SHA-1 to prove something they said about it being vulnerable right. So its clear their taking a good look at security, and they've made various moves from warning users in chrome about websites without HTTPS encryption and introducing Play Protect for the Google Play Store, so like you said, their alot less likely to have these issues.

    Still, in a somewhat terrifying way it would be quite interesting to watch any ramifications of a hack of this scale on Google wouldn't it? FYI, if you're interested in reading about how Google managed to successfully and essentially break SHA-1, they have a blog post here about it. Fascinating stuff if you like reading about cyber-security to see whats going down.
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