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Yahoo! UK fined £250,000 by ICO after systemic failures put customer data at risk

Yahoo! UK Services Limited has been fined 250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a cyber-attack in November 2014. The incident was publicly disclosed in September 2016, almost two years after it had taken place.

Because of when the breach happened, the ICO’s investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998.

It considered the circumstances under which the personal data of approximately 500 million international users of Yahoo!’s services was placed at risk. In particular, the ICO focused on the 515,121 UK accounts, that Yahoo! UK Services Limited – based in London – had responsibility for as a data controller.

The compromised personal data included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

ICO Deputy Commissioner of Operations, James Dipple-Johnstone, said in a blog about the ICO investigation:

“People expect that organisations will keep...(continued)
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