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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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Yahoo’s email breach might spell disaster for Verizon deal

Yahoo’s email breach might spell disaster for Verizon deal

It would appear that the recent Yahoo email breach has not only tarnished its reputation with users, but also with the suitor it has found in Verizon. Rumors of Verizon's attempt to reduce its $4.8 billion bid have been circulating recently, and now we're getting some sort of confirmation that those whispers were correct. In fact, Verizon may be looking to back out of the deal entirely.

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Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

The year is ending terribly for Samsung, but it won’t be alone. Yahoo is on the same boat after it admitted to have “assisted” the US government in spying on its Yahoo Mail users. Matters have gotten so bad that Verizon, who is acquiring Yahoo, is looking into slashing its price by more than half. It isn’t surprising that there would be users eager to jump ship, but reports are coming in claiming that Yahoo is making it nearly impossible to do so. How? By “temporarily” disabling Yahoo Mail’s auto-forwarding feature.

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Verizon looks to cut Yahoo purchase price by $1 billion

Verizon looks to cut Yahoo purchase price by $1 billion

In case you missed it, Yahoo has found itself in a bit of a tough place recently. First came the announcement of an attack that compromised the credentials of 500 million accounts, followed by the more recent reports that the company spied on its users on behalf of the US government. In the face of this bad news, it would appear that Verizon is reconsidering its $4.8 billion deal to buy out Yahoo.

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Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Yahoo spied on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails, according to a recent report, doing so under a secret court order on behalf of U.S intelligence agencies. The company made a statement in regards to the matter, saying the sources were ‘misleading’ and that the alleged software doesn’t exist on its system. Now a new batch of sources have cropped up with more info, claiming Yahoo performed its spying deeds by tweaking its spam filter, using it to not only look for spam and other unsavory things, but to also keep an eye out for emails coming from a particular terrorist organization.

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Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

A report yesterday claimed Yahoo built custom software to spy on its users’ emails on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies, something that reportedly caused disagreements behind closed doors and at least one resignation. In a statement issued today, Yahoo downplayed the report, saying that it “narrowly interpret[s] every government request for user data to minimize disclosure.” The company also said, “The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

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Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Yahoo is at the center of a new damning report in which sources claim the company built its own software to spy on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails on behalf of the United States government. According to the sources, the software monitored the incoming emails for certain bits of information as provided by either the NSA or the FBI, resulting in “hundreds of millions” of accounts suffering privacy violations. This spying allegedly resulted in former Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos leaving the company, as sources say he disagreed with CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to comply with government orders.

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If Yahoo won’t take security seriously, then it deserves to die

If Yahoo won’t take security seriously, then it deserves to die

Yahoo has been in the news quite a bit recently, and aside from the announcement of its sale to Verizon, that news has mostly been negative. That's because Yahoo recently revealed that it was the victim of a major security breach. Again. This time around, whoever beat Yahoo's security made off with the login credentials and personal details associated with 500 million accounts.

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How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

Today is was revealed that Yahoo experienced a breach of account names and passwords of epic proportions. Now we're running down the ways which users - any user of Yahoo products of all sorts, with Yahoo accounts - should move forward. This includes password changing. This includes the potential use of Yahoo's Account Key. It includes not having a heart attack about the situation while, at the same time, understanding that one's account breach could mean some very serious things.

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Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Yahoo has confirmed that it suffered a massive data breach, saying its investigation into the matter reported in August has revealed that at least 500 million user accounts are affected. The hack and subsequent data theft took place in late 2014; the company, per its investigation, says it believes a state-sponsored actor was responsible. The potentially exposed data is extensive, including things like user email addresses, names, birth dates, hashed passwords, phone numbers, and possibly security questions/answers of both the unencrypted and encrypted varieties.

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Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Back at the beginning of August, we heard claims of a massive Yahoo data breach, with a hacker named Peace saying he made off with credentials for 200 million accounts. At the time, Yahoo said it was investigating those claims to figure out if they were actually true, but since then, we haven't heard anything from the company about the supposed hack. That may all change quickly, as new reports are saying that Yahoo will soon confirm the data breach.

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Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Just last month, Yahoo made a grab for the cord cutters market by launching Yahoo View, a by-product of its partnership with Hulu. Through that service, primarily available on the desktop via web browsers, Yahoo users could get access to free content from ABC, NBC, FOX, and others. Now Yahoo is taking that one step further into the realm of mobile, by making a Yahoo View app available for both iPads and iPhones, making sure you can enjoy those same TV shows and movies anywhere your feet, or wheels, take you.

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