US Senators questioning Yahoo over online hacking

According to the latest reports US senators are putting added pressure on Yahoo, demanding that the internet giant must unveil further details of who knew what and when about a huge data breach.

Six Democratic politicians reportedly wrote in a letter to chief executive Marissa Mayer, that the breach into 500 million user accounts was “unacceptable”. It follows a day after another senator called on the powerful SEC financial regulator to probe. The News of the hacking in 2014 was just been publicized last week.

It is so disturbing that the two-year-old breach was unveiled so long after the hack occurred, said senators in their statement. “That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years, this is completely unacceptable,” they added.



The letter was signed by Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden and Edward Markey.

Meanwhile Yahoo vowed to respond in a “timely and appropriate” manner, according to the publications. Yahoo, which settled an agreement in late July for Verizon to take over its core business, is already facing class actions lawsuits.

The internet giant, also ironically said that it, believes that the theft of personal data, and unencrypted security questions and answers, was “state sponsored”.

The letter of the Senators asked Ms Mayer for a timeline of the hacking, and how such a large breach of its systems went concealed for so long.

The letter came a day after Democratic Senator Mark Warner asked the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled their responsibilities to inform investors and the public about the data breach.

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