Yahoo tells users they were hit with cookie attack

Laura Hautala reports:

Yahoo users found out Wednesday that hackers used a technical trick with cookies to log into their accounts without passwords.

“Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account,” Yahoo users were told in an email.

Yahoo revealed the attack in December but the news was largely overlooked. The company made the announcement at the same time it revealed a separate security breach that took place in 2013, in which hackers stole information on 1 billion Yahoo accounts.

This little cookie attack didn’t stand a chance of getting noticed when standing right next to the biggest data breach on record, even though it used a sophisticated technique that’s a little frightening.

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