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The Really Scary Detail You Overlooked in Yahoo’s Data Theft Statement


In-brief: Hackers believed to be ‘state sponsored’ penetrated deep into Yahoo!’s networks, stealing sensitive code usedto help authenticate users, the company revealed on Wednesday. You’ve no doubt read the news about the massive theft of data at online search and advertising firm Yahoo! Inc., which on Wednesday disclosed the theft of information on one billion (with a “B”) user accounts. But you may have overlooked the details of an even scarier hack that Yahoo! buried beneath that eye popping number. In a statement by Yahoo CISO Bob Lord on Tuesday, the company said a forensic investigation of its networks had uncovered evidence that a spate of targeted attacks using forged Yahoo authentication“cookies” was the result of the theft of Yahoo proprietary code, allowing attackers believed to be connected to “state actors” to impersonate any Yahoo user. “Outside forensic experts have identified user accounts for which they believe forged cookies […]

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