Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the Silicon Valley big nonetheless doesn’t perceive how hackers managed to compromise the knowledge of billions of Yahoo customers. (AP Photo/NBC Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire)
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the Silicon Valley big nonetheless doesn’t perceive how hackers managed to compromise the knowledge of billions of Yahoo customers.
In a gap badertion to the Senate Commerce Committee, Mayer apologized to Yahoo’s customers, blamed “Russian agents” for the breach and stated that Yahoo shortly labored to guard consumer accounts and make contact with legislation enforcement.
The digital diva — who left the helm of Yahoo earlier this 12 months after it was acquired by Verizon — was pressured to testify with a subpoena after she refused a number of requests to testify voluntarily, in accordance with a Tuesday report. A Mayer spokesperson stated Tuesday she was showing voluntarily.
“As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure, and I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users,” Mayer advised the Senate Commerce Committee, testifying alongside the interim and former CEOs of Equifax and a senior Verizon Communication government.
“Unfortunately, while all our measures helped Yahoo successfully defend against the barrage of attacks by both private and state-sponsored hackers, Russian agents intruded on our systems and stole our users’ data.”
Nevertheless, Yahoo nonetheless doesn’t totally perceive “how the act was perpetrated,” Mayer admitted.
Mayer famous that after Yahoo found the primary hacks in late 2016, Yahoo required all of its customers to vary their pbadwords in the event that they hadn’t, and scrapped outdated safety questions.
Verizon acquired most of Yahoo’s property in June, the identical month Mayer stepped down. Verizon disclosed final month 2013 Yahoo knowledge breach affected all three billion of its accounts, in contrast with an estimate of greater than 1 billion disclosed in December.
In March, federal prosecutors charged two Russian intelligence brokers and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the primary time the US authorities has criminally charged Russian spies for cyber crimes.
The cyber thieves — recognized by Mayer as Russian intelligence officers and state-sponsored actors — didn’t get their palms on “pbadwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information,” Yahoo stated on the time.
Mayer testified together with interim Equifax CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. and former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, in addition to Verizon’s chief privateness officer Karen Zacharia and Entrust Datacard CEO Todd Wilkinson.
In September, Equifax revealed that hackers had stolen the non-public data of over 140 million US shoppers from its web site.
This story initially appeared within the New York Post.