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Yahoo warning users that hackers forged cookies to access accounts

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The news comes off the back of Verizon dropping $250 million from its Yahoo purchase price.

 

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By Zack Whittaker |

 

Yahoo is warning some customers that state-sponsored attackers have accessed their accounts by using a sophisticated cookie forging attack, which doesn’t require obtaining user passwords.

 

The notice is a continuation of the company’s response to a series of historical data breaches, announced last year.

An email from Yahoo forwarded to ZDNet said:

 

“Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password. Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.”

 

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