Hackers Trawl User Data in Hopes a Small Target Will Lead to a Big One

In disclosing that at least 500 million of its user accounts had been hacked, Yahoo blamed an unnamed “state-sponsored actor” for the intrusion. While Yahoo customers were caught by surprise, officials in Washington were not.For more than a year, they had been getting warnings from threat researchers that hackers were targeting their personal Yahoo email. Even the accounts of their friends and family were in the cross hairs.

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