One Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked; Messenger AI Gets Bigger Role

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 12:50 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Yahoo Mail logo is displayed on a smartphone's screen in front of code in this illustration picture, Oct. 6, 2016. (Reuters)

Yahoo Mail logo is displayed on a smartphone’s screen in front of code in this illustration picture, Oct. 6, 2016. (Reuters)

One More Time:1 billion Yahoo Accounts Stolen in Biggest Hack Ever

Yahoo announced Wednesday that one billion user accounts were hacked and stolen in 2013 – the largest hack ever and the second for the beleaguered company. In September, Yahoo revealed that up to 500 million user accounts were compromised. The breach lasted three years, giving hackers access to passwords and other personal information, including U.S. government employee accounts. Now a U.S. senator is pushing for an investigation into the company’s cybersecurity practices. If you have a Yahoo account, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.

Facebook Messenger Test Hints at Bigger AI Role

Facebook is testing a new feature for its Messenger chat assistant that provides users with recommendations, based on their chat. In other words, the artificial intelligence assistant will keep tabs on what you say. So if a friend asks where you are, the AI might ask if you want to share your location or offer a sticker if you say thanks, for example. Now Messenger also has a built-in camera for Snapchat-style selfies.

Former Apple Retail Workers Win $2M in Class-Action Suit

Former employees who sued Apple claiming they were denied sufficient breaks and owed back wages won $2 million in reparations. Apple must now pay the money into a fund to compensate 21,000 employees who were part of the class-action suit.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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