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You may get $358 as Part of Yahoo Data Breach Settlement

“A qualifying Yahoo account (for settlement money) includes ones with Yahoo Fantasy Sports, Yahoo Finance, Tumblr and Flickr,” the report said

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If you live in the US or in Israel, had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016 and have got an email from Yahoo on the settlement claim over data breach, you could be eligible for $358 or more.

Yahoo had in 2017 announced that of all its users “nearly 3 billion in 2013” were impacted by a massive data breach.

Now part of Oath “a subsidiary of Verizon”, Yahoo said it is providing notice to additional user accounts affected by an August 2013 data theft previously disclosed by the company on December 14, 2016.

Hackers were able to gain access to email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and answers to security questions.

Yahoo then began sending email notifications to the additional affected user accounts.

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“Yahoo announced that if you had an account any time between Jan 1, 2012, and Dec 31, 2016, and are a resident of the US or Israel, you are part of the settlement class and can file a claim for part of the $117,500,000 settlement fund,” reports CNET.

Yahoo said the payment could range from less that $100 to $358.80, depending on funds available after other benefit payouts.

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Yahoo was acquired by Verizon for $4.48 billion.

“A qualifying Yahoo account (for settlement money) includes ones with Yahoo Fantasy Sports, Yahoo Finance, Tumblr and Flickr,” the report said. (IANS)

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Facebook Exposes Over 419mn Phone Numbers in Another Data Breach

“The data set has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised,” the spokesperson added

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In yet another data breach, over 419 million phone numbers linked to Facebook users have been discovered in an open online database.

The database included 133 million records of US-based Facebook users, 18 million records of UK users and more than 50 million records of users in Vietnam, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

This latest data breach exposed millions of users’ phone numbers just from their Facebook IDs, putting them at risk of spam calls and ‘SIM-swapping’ or ‘SIM jacking’ where a mobile number is transferred to a new SIM card.

Sanyam Jain, a security researcher at The Hague-based non-profit organisation GDI Foundation, found the database.

After the web host was contacted, the Facebook users’ database was pulled offline.

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Some of the records also had the user’s name, gender and location by country.

A Facebook spokesperson said the data set was old and had been deleted.

“This data set is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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“The data set has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised,” the spokesperson added.

There have been several incidents after the Cambridge Analytica episode involving 87 million users where Facebook acknowledged series of privacy lapses, including the latest admission that it mishandled millions of users’ passwords on Instagram and “unintentionally” uploaded emails of nearly 1.5 million of its new users. (IANS)