Senators want answers after Yahoo cancels meeting about data breaches

14 Février, 2017, 14:22 | Auteur: Ludovic Moineau
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The two data breaches that occurred at Yahoo are believed to be the largest ones to have ever been reported.

Sens. John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, sent a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer dated February 10, complaining about the lack of "answers to many basic questions". John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) write in a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Thune is the Commerce Committee Chairman and Moran is the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security Subcommittee Chairman.

Yahoo is facing increased scrutiny from two USA senators who say the company has not been sufficiently forthcoming about its two massive data breaches that exposed more than 1 billion consumers' records to hackers. This past December, the company publicly disclosed that about 1 billion Yahoo accounts had been breached by hackers in 2013 and their private information had been accessed.

In response to the Senator letter, a Yahoo spokesperson told Fortune the company is "in receipt of the letter, reviewing it and will respond as appropriate".

Yahoo didn't disclose eitherbreach until a year ago.

In September 2016, Yahoo announced in a press release that cybercriminals were able to steal at least 500 million user accounts in 2014. As far as the 2013 incident is concerned, Yahoo said that it had learnt about it late past year.

Besides the Senate inquiry, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether the company should have reported the breaches to investors earlier.

Yahoo did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment. The deal had been announced in July before the public disclosure of the breaches. In one instance, the senators said that Yahoo backed out in the last minute for a planned congressional staff briefing about the hacks that was slated for January 31.

Then, the two senators pose pretty much the same questions we've all had these past few months.