Yahoo users found out Wednesday that hackers used a technical trick with cookies to log into their accounts without passwords. Yahoo told users in an email, “Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.” The internet company revealed the attack in December but the news was largely overlooked. Yahoo said in a statement Tuesday that it was notifying people that they were affected by this attack as it continued its investigation. Yahoo said the group behind the attack was likely state-sponsored, which means hackers on the payroll of a foreign government might have been behind the whole thing.
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