Yahoo to confirm a historic hack affecting 200M users

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
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Yahoo is
getting ready to confirm a huge, historic hack affecting 200
million users, Recode reports.

Back in August,
Motherboard’s Joseph Cox reported that 200 million apparent Yahoo
user credentials were being sold on the dark web. At the
time, the company’s response was only that it was “aware of [the]

But now Kara Swisher, one of the tech industry’s most-respected
journalists, is reporting for Recode that Yahoo sources tell her
the company is preparing to publicly confirm its existence. (Her
sources did not confirm its exact size, only that it was
“widespread” and serious.”)

Yahoo did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request
for comment.

Motherboard was told by the hacker who held the data (and was
selling it for 3 bitcoins, worth $1,860 at the time) that the
breach was back in

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