New York Times: One Billion Yahoo Accounts Still for Sale, Despite Hacking Indictments. “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.”
From the US Department of Justice: U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking Yahoo and Millions of Email Accounts. “The defendants used unauthorized access to Yahoo’s systems to steal information from about at least 500 million Yahoo accounts and then used some of that stolen information to obtain unauthorized access to the contents of accounts at Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers, including accounts of Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies. One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo’s network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and gift card account numbers, redirecting a subset of Yahoo search engine web traffic so he could make commissions and enabling the theft of the contacts of at least 30 million Yahoo accounts to facilitate a spam campaign.”
NBC News: Yahoo’s New Male CEO Will Get Twice Marissa Mayer’s Salary. “The guy hired to run what’s left of Yahoo after it imploded under Marissa Mayer will get twice her salary, according to a new filing.The company named board member Thomas McInerney, 52, as the head of its new spinoff company, Altaba. McInerney, former CFO at IAC media company – which owns brands such as Tinder, OKCupid, and the Princeton Review – is to get a $2 million base pay, the company announced in an SEC filing Monday.” I think this is the part where, as a woman, I’m supposed to get deeply offended by the new guy’s salary. Putting aside my feelings about the absurd money some CEOs make, I don’t care. Marissa Mayer did a substandard job and she’s walking away with $23 million. She’s not a victim in this case.
Business Insider: Marissa Mayer won’t be the CEO of Yahoo’s remaining business, Altaba, after the Verizon deal closes. “Marissa Mayer will not be CEO of remaining pieces of Yahoo that aren’t being sold to Verizon, the company said Monday in a regulatory filing. It’s not yet clear if she will remain with the search and news business that Verizon is acquirng.” She’s getting a pretty nice severance package, too…
Yahoo has launched similarity searching for Flickr. “With billions of photos on Flickr, finding the ones you want – by searching based on tags and descriptions – only gets you so far. Today, we’re introducing similarity search, which uses advanced technology to allow you to discover visually similar photos without much work on your end. Here’s how it works: after your initial search, whether you’re looking for your favorite succulent or the perfect image of a ‘67 Mustang (not the horse), just click the ‘…’ in the upper right of the photo you’re excited about. We’ll surface similar images for you.”
Yahoo isn’t long for the world, but it just turned 22 years old. “I’m filled with so much pride as I reflect back on 22 years of Yahoo. When we first started the company, Jerry and I could never have imagined that one day Yahoo would serve more than a billion users.” “Serve them with a notice that their accounts might have been compromised,” he did not add.
Yahoo has copped to the compromise of 32 million Yahoo accounts. “It has been a tough couple of quarters for Yahoo. Over the past few months, the company has confirmed massive cyberattacks that it faced in 2014 and 2013 which affected more than 500 million and 1 billion user accounts respectively. Yahoo has now confirmed another cyberattack. It was a cookie-forging attack which left more than 32 million accounts breached. There aren’t a lot of details available about this attack right now but it’s believed to have taken place between 2015 and 2016.”