The Yahoo hack is potentially the largest breach of an email provider in history.
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Yahoo disclosed Wednesday a gargantuan breach affecting more than a billion user accounts, the largest such attack in history. The company said that attack happened in August 2013, although Yahoo only discovered it recently. Worse, the company's announcement followed a similar announcement last September of a 2014 hack – one Yahoo ascribed to an unnamed foreign government – that affected 500 million accounts.Neither Yahoo breach has yet been linked to online fraud or any specific repercussions for Yahoo users. Earlier this year, Yahoo agreed to sell its digital operations to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion – a deal that may now be imperiled by the hacking revelations.Yahoo didn't say if it believes the same hacker might have pulled off two separate attacks. News of the additional hack further jeopardizes Yahoo's plans to fall into Verizon's arms. If the hacks cause a user backlash against Yahoo, the company's services wouldn't be as valuable to Verizon, raising the possibility that the sale price might be renegotiated or the deal may be called off.
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