If You Had a Yahoo Account, the Company May Owe You $100

Impacted users may be entitled to compensation.
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If you had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016, you were likely impacted by numerous data breaches. Now, the tech company may just pay you $100 because of them.

Yahoo famously suffered a handful of significant data breaches during that four-year period. And that includes one notable breach in 2013 that literally affected all 3 billion of its users and exposed data like names, email addresses and passwords.

Now, impacted users may be entitled to some compensation. This week, millions of Yahoo users received an email instructing them on how to cash out their small slice of a $117.5 million class-action lawsuit settlement.

Users based in the U.S. and Israel any time between 2012 and 2016 could get their own piece of that pot. Yahoo says it’ll use the $117.5 million fund to pay for the following:

  1. A minimum of two years of credit monitoring.
  2. A cash payment of at least $100 for users who can prove that they already have credit monitoring. (Yahoo actually says that impacted users are eligible for “up to $358.80.”)
  3. Compensation for time spent dealing with problems from the data breach.
  4. Out-of-pocket costs users paid as a result of having information stolen.
  5. Refunds for some costs of Yahoo premium or business services.

The kicker, of course, is that the $100 (or $358.80) cash payment may be smaller or higher depending on how many people actually file a claim for the settlement. If the Equifax data breach is any indication, there’s a good chance it’ll be much smaller.

If you’d still like to file a claim for one of the settlement offers, you can fill out the form at yahoodatabreachsettlement.com. The deadline to file a claim is July 20.

If you need a refresher on the various Yahoo data breaches included in the class-action, here’s a quick rundown.

  1. There’s, of course, the big 3 billion-user breach that also impacted Tumblr, Flickr and other Yahoo services.
  2. A 2014 breach that impacted 500 million accounts and was likely state-sponsored.
  3. A 2012 “data security intrusion” that Yahoo swears didn’t result in any data being leaked.
  4. A 2015 to 2016 attack that resulted in roughly 32 million Yahoo email accounts being accessed by hackers.
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