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After Yahoo security breaches, Verizon reportedly drops offer by $250m

After Yahoo security breaches, Verizon reportedly drops offer by $250m

We had a feeling that Yahoo's security woes might do something to the buyout offer Verizon put on the table, and today we're getting an idea of just how much of a hit Yahoo is going to take. Verizon was initially offering $4.8 billion to purchase Yahoo, but after a string of reports on Yahoo's lax security, it looks like that price is set to drop a bit.

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Yahoo will change name to Altaba following Verizon sale [update]

Yahoo will change name to Altaba following Verizon sale [update]

A new legal filing reveals that Yahoo will change its name to Altaba following the Verizon sale. The information comes from a recent document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which also reveals that company CEO Marissa Mayer will be stepping down from the company Board after the core business’s sale.

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Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Many people have a Yahoo email account from years ago, but no longer use it. Those who do still use their Yahoo email account, though, are being encouraged to switch to a different provider in light of Yahoo's second massive data breach disclosure. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, more commonly called BSI, has advised existing Yahoo email users to switch to a different provider. The agency heavily criticized Yahoo, accusing it of failing to protect its users.

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Why Yahoo’s latest hack doesn’t matter

Why Yahoo’s latest hack doesn’t matter

It's my opinion that Yahoo's biggest account breach ever does not matter in the grand scheme of things. Yahoo Mail users don't seem to care - they're still searching for "yahoo mail" about 10x as much as any other term according to today's Google Trends. After the query Yahoo Mail, the most popular search term related to Yahoo is Yahoo Finance. This hack is not a big deal to Yahoo users, and I don't expect that it will be any time soon.

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Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo has disclosed yet another data breach, this one affecting more than a billion user accounts. This follows the company’s announcement of a different data breach a few months ago, something the company — at this time, at least — believes is an entirely separate matter from the newly disclosed issue. This latest data breach is said to have happened back in August 2013, and included a bunch of account data being stolen.

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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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