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A few months ago, Verizon announced its plans to buy the once-thriving Internet giant, Yahoo, in a $4.8 billion deal.
But this was well before we found out that Yahoo fell victim to the worst data breach in history, with 500 million email addresses, passwords, birth dates, security questions, and security answers stolen. And there's strong evidence suggesting that Yahoo knew about it long before the Verizon deal was ever made.
Since then, Verizon has gone mute on the status of the deal. Even the CEO of Verizon-owned AOL, Tim Armstrong, has been ducking questions about how the hack could affect this deal.
And the answer is…
How This Company Became the Biggest Winner from the Verizon-Yahoo Deal… in Secret
When we first heard about Verizon's multibillion buyout of Yahoo, it seemed like nothing but dollar signs ahead for investors in either stock.
But thanks to a lot of questions surrounding the largest hack in history – and when Yahoo knew about it – this acquisition may not even happen anymore. And if it does, Verizon may not be willing to pay $4.8 billion for it anymore.
First of all, it's no surprise that Yahoo has been losing account holders for quite some time. Over the past few years, it's been losing ad revenue and accounts. I actually had a bit of a chuckle when I heard Yahoo blaming the hack for "several" account closures. Now the public relations team may be using the term "several" as a means to downplay the actual number of accounts that have been closed since the news broke. But even so, they sure aren't saying that the company will be okay.
So do you look at this as an opportunity to buy VZ or sell YHOO?
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