InfoArmor: Yahoo Data Breach Investigation
Well, it seems InfoArmor is calling b.s. on claims that Yahoo! was hacked by state actors.
The overview from their report:
Yahoo was compromised in 2014 by a group of professional blackhats who were hired to compromise customer databases from a variety of different targeted organizations. Some of their initial targets, which occurred in 2012 and 2013, are linked directly with the recent large scale data breaches of social media networks and online-services such as MySpace, Tumblr and LinkedIn. Other well-known brands have been impacted by this group but the data stolen from them is not currently available for sale or validation in the underground, as of the writing of this report.
According to Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer of InfoArmor, the nature of the identified data breach has a more “closed” character, due to the specifics of customers associated with this specific data and the motivations of the bad actors involved. Of significant importance, the Yahoo data leak as well as the other notable exposures, opens the door to significant opportunities for cyber espionage and targeted attacks to occur.
InfoArmor performed extensive analysis of collected intelligence surrounding the hack from a variety of sources in order to clarify the motivation and attribution of the key threat actors. As a result, it is clear that many recent press reports and published articles have significant inaccuracies.
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