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Every single Yahoo email account was hacked

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Every single Yahoo email account - more than 3 billion - was affected by a data breach in 2013, the company said.

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The information was released by Verizon Communications, which bought Yahoo for $4.48 billion earlier this year.

The disclosure comes less than a year after Yahoo announced that a data breach affected approximately 1 billion accounts.

This time, however, the company is saying that every Yahoo email address fell victim to the data breach. And The New York Times reported that hackers obtained names, birth dates, phone numbers, passwords, security questions and backup email addresses used to reset passwords.

But Oath, the Verizon Communications subsidiary that owns Yahoo, said in a statement that the hackers did not gain access to users' financial information.

"The investigation indicates that the user account information that was stolen did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information,"

In a separate statement, Yahoo said it took steps to rectify the data breach after it occurred.

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