Yahoo now says all 3B of its accounts were hacked

The additional two billion data theft victims came to light as Yahoo was being integrated with Verizon which bought the company in June for $4.5 billion

In terms of number of users, the Yahoo breach was already the largest in history, and now it's likely to hold on to that title even longer.

All of Yahoo's 3 billion user accounts in 2013 were affected by its massive data breach - not the 1 billion accounts that were initially reported, the company said Tuesday.

Through the investigation findings, Yahoo says that information stolen from customers did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data or bank account information.

Bay Area law firm sues Yahoo for data breachThe troubled Sunnyvale, California, company also disclosed a breach in September 2016 that exposed 500 million Yahoo accounts.

After Verizon took over Yahoo, the company investigated further and discovered that it was actually 3 billion accounts affected - meaning every account ever registered on Yahoo.

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That's all 3B of Yahoo's user accounts rather than the (still-huge) subset previously disclosed.

Verizon formally closed on the Yahoo! acquisition on June 13, 2017. In the update, it said that it had determined that all accounts that existed at the time of the August 2013 hacking were compromised.

This revelation comes via a spokesman for the newly created Verizon unit Oath, under which the Yahoo and AOL brands now fall.

The hacked user information included phone numbers, birth dates, and security questions. However it didn't know when they had gained entry to its network or how long they were there before they stole the user information.

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