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Yahoo Breach Raises Concerns About National Security

Yahoo announced Wednesday that more than a billion user accounts could have been compromised in a 2013 hack — and among that number could be more than 150,000 U.S. government or military employees, Bloomberg reports. Criminals or foreign intelligence services could now have the names, passwords, phone numbers, birthdays, and security questions of government employees, potentially compromising national security. Government accounts compromised by the Yahoo hack include current and former White House staff, U.S. congressmen, FBI agents, officials at the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, international diplomats, and all of the branches of the military. Back in September, Yahoo announced that nearly 500 million accounts had been compromised in a 2014 hack; on Wednesday, the company said it believes this newly disclosed breach was separate from that incident.

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