Verizon Communications Inc.’s acquisition of Yahoo Inc. looks set to go ahead but at a reduced price, according to multiple reports published Wednesday.
Bloomberg claims people familiar with the matter have said that Verizon has negotiated a $250 million discount on the $4.8 billion acquisition price following Yahoo’s revelation of security breaches in 2016. It also said both Verizon and Altaba Inc., the company that will take on the parts of Yahoo that Verizon will not be acquiring, which has stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, will share any ongoing legal liabilities related to the breaches. Recode puts the discount at $350 million, according to “sources close to the situation.”
The news that Verizon appears set to proceed with the acquisition follows speculation that the company was considering walking away from the deal. Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis had said on a call in January that “there’s been good progress [on the deal], but we are still awaiting the final reports and therefore we haven’t reached any conclusions yet” about whether the acquisition would go ahead.
- A class action lawsuit in Canada is seeking $50 million in compensation for breach of privacy.
- A Texas man has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that his credit card details were stolen from his Yahoo accounts and used for fraudulent purchases.
- Levi & Korsinsky LLP are leading a class action lawsuit on behalf of Yahoo’s shareholders for its failure to disclose the security breaches earlier.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Yahoo should have disclosed a data breach to its investors earlier. If it finds against Yahoo, potentially this could be a multimillion-dollar fine.
Proving perhaps that it can never catch a trick, Yahoo issued a warning to users Wednesday of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016 — that is, after the two hacks had occurred. The latest problem is said to be due to “forged cookies” being used by hackers to access users’ accounts. An email sent to affected users read:
“Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password. Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.”
It’s not known how many Yahoo customers are affected.