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One billion Yahoo! accounts still on sale, despite hacking indictments

The database of one billion accounts was on offer for $200,000

Vindu Goel/NYT 

For sale: one billion Yahoo! accounts, $200,000 or best offer. The passwords don’t work, but the dates of birth, telephone numbers and security questions could still be useful to an adept cyberthief. After federal prosecutors unsealed indictments this week against four men they say were responsible for a 2014 intrusion into Yahoo!’s systems that affected 500 million user accounts, data on one billion accounts — stolen in another attack on the company a year earlier — appeared to remain available on underground hacker forums on Friday. The authorities were ...

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 01:11 IST