The Register: Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man’s! dead! account! . “Yahoo! may be compelled to hand over the contents of a dead man’s email account to his surviving family, Massachusetts’s top court has ruled. On Monday, the US state’s supreme struck down an earlier ruling in the Purple Palace’s favor in a case regarding the estate of John Ajemian, who was killed at the age of 43 in a bike accident in 2006.”
The Next Web: Flickr exploit allowed uploading tons of unwanted pics to user accounts. “Yahoo-owned image and video hosting service, Flickr, was suffering from a glaring flaw that made it possible for malicious agents to upload thousands of unwanted pics to the accounts of random, unsuspecting users. The defect resided in the Flickr’s Upload by email feature, which enables users to upload images straight to the platform by sending emails to a specific address, automatically generated and assigned to users by the hosting company itself.”
Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion. “A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts, new parent company Verizon Communications Inc. said on Tuesday. The figure, which Verizon said was based on new information, is three times the 1 billion accounts Yahoo said were affected when it first disclosed the breach in December 2016.” I’ve just deleted about a dozen comments. I’m so mad I could spit.
Vespa Blog: Open Sourcing Vespa, Yahoo’s Big Data Processing and Serving Engine. “Ever since we open sourced Hadoop in 2006, Yahoo – and now, Oath – has been committed to opening up its big data infrastructure to the larger developer community. Today, we are taking another major step in this direction by making Vespa, Yahoo’s big data processing and serving engine, available as open source on GitHub.”
Yahoo Finance: Inside the $14 billion business of football: Announcing Yahoo Finance’s new podcast. “As another NFL season kicks off, the king of American sports leagues is dealing with an increasing amount of negative noise: rising concerns over head injuries; more players protesting during the national anthem; and continued off-the-field disciplinary issues. But it’s difficult to make the case that American football is going away any time soon. The NFL is looking at $14 billion in estimated revenue this year. The league not only eclipses its NBA, MLB, and NHL peers in financial size, it also dominates the news cycle all year round, in-season or out.”
Reuters: Yahoo must face litigation by data breach victims: U.S. judge. “A U.S. judge said Yahoo must face nationwide litigation brought on behalf of well over 1 billion users who said their personal information was compromised in three massive data breaches.”
Times of India: Internet firms asked to erase Blue Whale links. “Concerned over children being prodded to commit suicide on the Blue Whale Challenge game, the government has directed top internet platforms – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links to the notorious online game.”