The fact that the data was stolen in 2014 and that there appear to have been no reports of individual Yahoo users being victimized mitigates the effects of the breach, said Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser. Probably not, at least not any more than they have already.
“It would be different if all the data, email addresses and passwords had been sucked out today. The attackers could then use any personal data they have acquired to persuade a person to give them additional information that would enable theft from bank accounts or fraudulent credit card use, Levin said.
Additionally, a user’s stolen Yahoo data could be combined with other information taken from publicly available sites online and via previous hacks of other businesses, agencies and services to build a more comprehensive identity profile of the user and boost the chances criminals could use the data for illegal purposes, Levin said.
Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.
However, it’s not something that’s open to everyone – only celebrities and other notable figures are verified and only because people would otherwise assume their profiles are fake.
The breach also raises troubling issues for Yahoo itself, which has agreed to sell key company assets to Verizon.
It can be costly to repair vulnerabilities and compensate customers after a hack, and Verizon said Thursday it is monitoring closely the fallout of the incident.
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While on Twitter and Facebook, verification lets people know that someone is who they say they are, on Tinder the promise of verification taps into users’ desire to eliminate the safety concerns that come with online dating.
And when a female (bot) asks the male (victim) if he’s verified, he may be more interested in following through to do so, because it could lead to a date.
When she opened it that morning to the Gmail account that had been her main communications center for more than six years, it seemed to be responding very slowly and jerkily.