Like many others, I still have an old Yahoo account kicking around, mostly because Iím too lazy to close it. But with the revelation this week that a further one billion accounts were hacked, itís time to close that Yahoo account.
Actually, itís past time.
Yahoo revealed earlier this year that over 500 million user accounts had been compromised by electronic attacks dating back to 2014. Why it waited two years to disclose this information, and why it waited until after Verizon had agreed to purchase the company for $4.8 billion
, is both mysterious and infuriating.
But things just got worse.
And if you take a bitter glee in the fact that one-time Internet darling Yahoo, which was once worth over $125 billion and actually spurned a $44.6 billion Microsoft takeover in 2007, well then. Youíre going to love this
last night that it has discovered that an additional 1 billion user accounts were compromised in electronic attacks dating back to 2013.
Yes, one billion
. One billion more
, on top of the 500 million it previously disclosed.
ďWe believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts,Ē the firm revealed
. ďWe have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft. We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed on September 22, 2016.Ē
This company isnít worth $4.80, let alone $4.8 billion. But we can all do our part to hasten its overdue demise, by closing our accounts.
Before doing so, make sure this wonít impact anything else. For example, if youíre actually using
your Yahoo account for email, God help you, then youíre going to need to migrate the account. I canít help you with that, per se. Changing email accounts is as painful as changing phone numbers, but anyone still using a Yahoo email account in 2016 Ö I mean, seriously?