It was reported yesterday that Yahoo Japan email accounts were hacked into and information stolen. Yahoo Japan Corporation warned its users about the possible hack of their systems. Yahoo reported that as a result of the hack an estimated 22 million accounts had been stolen.
Yahoo Japan said in a statement yesterday:
“We don’t know if the file (of 22 million user IDs) was leaked or not, but we can’t deny the possibility, given the volume of traffic between our server and external terminals”.
36% of Yahoo stock is owned by Japanese corporations including Softbank, SBBM Corp., Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd. and Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd., while a smaller parts of the company are owned by the American giant Yahoo! Inc. Something is definitely up when just days ago, Verizon Communications Inc. stated it was a “reasonable basis to believe Yahoo Inc.’s massive data breach of email accounts represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its $4.83 billion deal to buy the technology company”.
The reason of hacking is not known at this time although we can make some reasonable guesses. In light of recent events connecting with the Japanese owner of the majority stake in Yahoo, there is the impression “hacking was initiated by Washington in order to prevent a major deal with Saudi Arabia and to call into question the cooperation between Tokyo and Moscow in this sphere”. This is what I have been suggesting on this blog as we observe the gradual shift to Russia from the US by Japan.
It is well known that Yahoo! Inc. is known for hacking accounts of its users in the interest of the CIA and other US intelligence agencies.