A photo illustration shows a Yahoo logo seen through magnifying glass in front of a displayed cyber code on December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
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In the summer of 2013, Yahoo Inc. launched a project to better secure the passwords of its customers, abandoning the use of a discredited technology for encrypting data known as MD5.Yahoo only recently uncovered the hack and disclosed it last week.Yahoo's failure to move away from MD5 in a timely fashion was an example of problems in Yahoo's security operations as it grappled with business challenges, according to five former employees and some outside security experts. Stronger hashing technology would have made it more difficult for the hackers to get into customer accounts after breaching Yahoo's network, making the attack far less damaging, they said.Yahoo, which has confirmed it was still using MD5 at the time of the attack, disputed the notion that the company had skimped on security.Reuters could not determine how many companies besides Yahoo were using MD5 in 2013 .Yahoo had suffered attacks by Russian hackers for years, two of the former staffers said.
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