Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report

Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report
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Verizon Communications Inc. is reportedly renegotiating the terms of its acquisition of Yahoo Inc., knocking $250 million off its previous offer of $4.8 billion.

Two massive Yahoo security breaches that came to light in 2016 spurred Verizon’s move, reports Bloomberg. According to its report, sources say both companies are expected to share legal culpability related to the breaches.

Those sources told Bloomberg that an official announcement of the new deal is expected within the next several weeks.

In September, Yahoo revealed a breach in which 500 million of its accounts had been compromised.

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At the end of the year, the company revealed a separate hack in which data was stolen from 1 billion of its users’ accounts. As with the first hack, stolen information included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, scrambled passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

Earlier in 2016, Verizon announced that it was seeking to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion. After the revelations, several top officials at Verizon said that the hacks would likely “materially” impact that deal and result in a lower acquisition price.

Pressure is mounting from lawmakers on Capitol Hill to get answers from Yahoo on the security breaches. Last week, Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate panel approves GOP tax plan Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Overnight Health Care: Nearly 1.5M sign up for ObamaCare so far | Schumer says Dems won't back ObamaCare deal if it's tied to tax bill | House passes fix to measure letting Pentagon approve medical treatments MORE (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT Ensuring that defense agencies will have access to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators Provision to modernize federal IT in compromise defense bill MORE (R-Kan.), chairman of the panel's consumer protection and data security subcommittee, penned a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer demanding not-yet-released details on the breaches.

After the first breach, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyLawmakers, celebs honor Tony Bennett with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Dem senator jokes: 'Moment of weakness' led me to share photo comparing Trump, Obama Leahy presses Trump court nominee over LGBTQ tweets MORE (D-Vt.), the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, called for a hearing. No congressional hearings on the matter have been announced, however.