Marissa Mayer had stepped down in the same month when the largest US wireless operator– Verizon attained the major assets of the Yahoo Inc.
In the hearing on the increasing number of cyber attacks which had the major involvement of the U.S. companies, Marissa Mayer the former Yahoo Chief Executive made apologies for the massive data breaches and blamed the Russian agents for the same.
In the statement to the Senate Commerce Committee, She apologized and expressed her regret to every user that got affected due to these data thefts.
She also claimed that the internet company was successful in taking measures in order to secure the data from the private and state-sponsored hackers but the Russian agents invaded their systems for stealing the user’s data.
It was in the month of June that Verizon got hold of the majority of the assets of Yahoo Inc. Verizon revealed last month that the data breach had affected 3 Billion of its accounts.
In the month of March, the federal prosecutors charged two Russian hackers and two intelligence agents for masterminding this complete theft. The U.S. government had made criminal charges against the Russian spies.
These charges had created a controversy in the 2016 US presidential election. It suggested of having links between the associates of President Donald Trump and the Russian figures. But Russia was quick enough to deny the allegations and claimed that they did not influence the US presidential election.
The Special Agent of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, Jack Bennett, said that 2013 breach was unrelated and investigations related to a larger incident are being done.
Senator John Thune questioned Mayer on Wednesday that why it took so long to identify the data breach to which Mayer stated that Yahoo couldn’t discover how the 2013 intrusion occurred and it was only on November 2016 the company came to know about this incident when the US government presented the data to the company.
Mayer stated that after they had requested their users to change their passwords and they initiated new methods in order to make the data more secure.
The Senate Commerce Committee subpoenaed Mayer to testify on the date 25 October. This unusual step was taken due to a representative for Mayer refused several requests for her voluntarily testimony.