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Yahoo asks government to explain email scanning order

Yahoo secretly scanned its users emails at the behest of a U.S. government agency — and now it wants the government to explain why. In a letter to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Yahoo carefully avoids admitting that it scanned users’ email or that it received an order to do so, but asks Clapper to “clarify this matter of public interest.” The program …

After being outed for massive hack and installing an NSA "rootkit," Yahoo cancels earnings call

What do you do if your ailing internet giant has been outed for losing, and then keeping silent about, 500 million user accounts, then letting American spy agencies install a rootkit on its mail service, possibly scuttling its impending, hail-mary acquisition by a risk-averse, old economy phone company? Just cancel your investor call and with it, any chance of awkward, on-the-record questions. (via /.)  …

Yahoo turns automatic email forwarding back on, claiming “upgrades” required it to be disabled

Yahoo has today reversed its decision to prevent Yahoo Mail users from being able to automatically forward their emails to another address – a key feature that makes leaving one email service for another an easier process. Earlier this month, Yahoo Mail disabled this now-standard feature for email services, claiming that it was “temporarily” disabled because the feature was “under development” as Yahoo worked “to improve it.” …

In Japan, Tapping the World’s Best Vintage

TOKYO, Japan — These days, vintage fashion is more popular than ever, driven by a growing consumer interest in unique products that signal individuality, as well as rising cost-consciousness and the storytelling value of vintage finds. Indeed, according to the annual resale report published by online consignment website ThredUp, the fashion resale market has grown 82 percent over the last three years, reaching $14 billion, and …

Report: Verizon wants $1 billion discount after Yahoo privacy concerns

It’s bad news for Yahoo. The company is in the midst of finalizing its sale to Verizon, but recent revelations about hacking and spying may be costing them a pretty penny. A story from the New York Post alleges that Verizon is now asking Yahoo for a hefty $1 billion discount to finalize what was supposed to be a $4.8 billion deal.  (Full disclosure: TechCrunch is …

Yahoo secretly built a tool to scan all email in realtime for US spies

In 2015, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer ordered the company’s engineers to build a tool that scanned Yahoo Mail messages in realtime for “characters” of interest to a US security agency, either the FBI or the NSA. As far as we know, the move was unprecedented in US tech history, and it triggered the departure of then-CSO Alex Stamos (previously), now CSO for …

Yahoo secretly scanned its users' email for U.S. intelligence services

Yahoo email accounts were scanned by the company on behalf of U.S. intelligence services from last year. This represents the first example of a U.S. service provider providing complete access to “all arriving messages,” reports Reuters. It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase …