You probably remember Yahoo’s large series of data breaches that lasted from 2013 to 2016, where the personal data of potentially three billion Yahoo users were exposed to hackers. Well, if you’re a U.S-based Yahoo user who was a victim of this breach and you’re looking for compensation, you now have a chance to get it. Judge Lucy Koh, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, recently ruled that victims can launch a class-action suit against Yahoo, despite parent company Verizon’s request to drop such suits.
The FBI was aided by Yahoo in closing the hacking case. Two Russian intelligence agents, as well as a Canadian hacker, were charged in accordance with the incident. The Canadian hacker plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy charges this past November, according to BGR.
Even though the case was solved, Yahoo users have still been impacted. Some have spent money on extra security measures and credit freezes following the data breach. Koh argued that this was the responsibility of Yahoo. Part of the issue was that Yahoo did not disclose until 2016 that it had experienced hacking for the past few years.
“Plaintiffs’ allegations are sufficient to show that they would have behaved differently had defendants disclosed the security weaknesses of the Yahoo Mail System,” Koh wrote in her decision. Koh believes that Yahoo users might have “taken measures to protect themselves had they known about the breaches sooner.”
Source: bgr.com – Judge rules that Yahoo Mail data breach victims can sue Yahoo
Published: March 12, 2018