Yahoo's Mayer points to Russians in data-breach apology

Randall Padilla
November 9, 2017

In the end, she said "Russian agents intruded on our systems and stole our users" data'.

In March, federal prosecutors charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian spies for cyber crimes.

Those charges came amid controversy relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 US presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of President Donald Trump.

During the hearing, Thune questioned Yahoo!'s former CEO Marissa Mayer on Yahoo!'s security collapses and its failure to effectively respond to those collapses in a timely matter.

Mayer said Yahoo has not been able to identify how the 2013 intrusion occurred and that the company did not learn of the incident until the USA government presented data to Yahoo in November 2016.

Mayer told the committee that Yahoo fell victim to the breaches despite devoting substantial resources to security in an attempt to stay ahead of sophisticated and constantly evolving threats.

Mayer said Yahoo successfully defended itself against a barrage of state-sponsored and private hacks over the years and even employed hackers to test the company's defenses. John Thune, chairman of the committee, said. Mayer says Yahoo, which originally said only 1 billion accounts were affected, didn't find out about the hack until it got data from the government in 2016 and still hasn't figured out how it happened, though she says Russian intelligence officers have launched attacks on Yahoo systems. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said. He said Mayer's testimony was "important in shaping our future reactions".

The digital diva - who left the helm of Yahoo earlier this year after it was acquired by Verizon - was forced to testify with a subpoena after she refused several requests to testify voluntarily, according to a Tuesday report.

"Yahoo worked closely with law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who were ultimately able to identify and expose the hackers responsible for the attacks", she said.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER