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Yahoo! Data breach settlement

If you had a Yahoo account between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2016, you may be entitled to a bit of money. 

In 2017, Yahoo admitted that all 3 billion of their user accounts were broken into back in August 2013. In their email, Yahoo also says the company was hacked to varying degrees in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. With all of Yahoo's data breaches, cybercriminals gained access to millions of email accounts, calendars, contacts, telephone numbers, birthdays, passwords, security questions and their answers.

On 18 September 2019, Yahoo emailed out to their users saying that they were close to a settlement that would end the massive class-action lawsuit related to a devastating series of data breaches and intrusions from 2012 to 2016.

Yahoo is now offering two free years of credit-monitoring services to those with accounts that were affected by any of the breaches. If you already have a credit-monitoring service, you can ask Yahoo to give you $100. They also agreed to cover any out-of-pocket costs that Yahoo users may have incurred due to the data breaches as well as attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses. If you had a Yahoo premium account or used small business services, you are entitled to some reimbursement, Yahoo added. 

You have to file your claim before July 2020.


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