A cybersecurity firm that analyzed the Yahoo data breach affecting at least 500 million user accounts has told competing news organizations two very different stories of who actually carried out the hack. In an analysis posted on its website, InfoArmor says “tessa88” – an anonymous but prominent figure in underground forums who sells stolen databases – was the first to mention Yahoo credentials for sale in Feb. 2016. The firm said that tessa88 and another dark web broker called “Peace of Mind” were not the hackers, but acted as proxies for those who carried out the attack. The hacker group “used these two guys to broker that data out,” Bryon Rashed, senior director of marketing at InfoArmor, said in a phone interview. The post itself did not actually say much about the hacker group behind the theft, except to say they were “professional blackhats who were hired to compromise” different organizations, to include Yahoo. InfoArmor Chief Intelligence Officer Andrew Komarov told NBC News “that a state-sponsored actor from Eastern Europe commissioned and later paid the hacker collective $300,000 for the Yahoo data trove. He said he didn’t know if the hacks of the other social media companies were also commissioned… Read full this story
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