Yahoo hit with largest data breach suit in history

1.4 billion users affected
Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 17:52:59-05

The email indicates Katherine Sinnette opened an account with Sprint. This consumer says she has no ties to Sprint but she uses Yahoo email. She had no idea Yahoo suffered major security breaches affecting 1.4  billion email users in the last 4 years.

Morgan and Morgan's John Yanchunis heads up the largest class action suit in history filed against Yahoo. It involves 33 law firms. He says to have that kind of breach by a company that engages in the internet in the exchange of information with users is intolerable. The suit also accuses Yahoo of failing to notify users within 30 days which is mandated by California law where the company is based.

Yahoo users who join the suit may end up with thousands of dollars depending on whether they suffered losses or identity theft as a result of the breach.

Sinnette says she's used her Yahoo email to send tax information, personal financial information even medical documents. And now an account may have been opened in her name.

She and countless others wonder and worry about the thieves using their information for everything from filing tax returns to opening credit card accounts.

Yahoo told us it does not comment on litigation. Yahoo notified some users this week of a third breach that may have occurred in 2015. Aside from restitution the suit demands Yahoo do more to ensure the protection of their email account holders.

Later this year, the Federal judge handling the case is expected to order that notices be sent to Yahoo account holders to give them the option of joining the suit.