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Yahoo Scanned Hundreds Of Millions Of Emails

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, In The News, Security Help

A report from the Reuters news agency claims that Yahoo scanned millions of customer emails for information – and not because they wanted to.  The company was answering a demand by the U.S. government to scan hundreds of millions of mail accounts. They even built a special software program to go through every single customer’s incoming emails.


These messages were scanned for specific pieces of information (what they were looking for has not been revealed) as they came into the user’s inbox. So basically, the government knew what was coming into your inbox before you did.


The company’s only comment was to say that they were a law-abiding company that complies with the laws of the United States.  Apparently, engineers at the company built the special tool that pulled out messages with the suspect content as they came in.

Other major email providers like Gmail,, and Apple denied that they’d ever received similar demands.

Apparently, Yahoo’s security team was unaware of the program. They discovered it shortly after it was put it place and thought that the company had been hacked. This is believed to be the reason that Yahoo’s chief security officer resigned back in 2015.

This is unrelated to the “state-sponsored” attack that saw a foreign entity get into 500 million customer accounts back in 2014.

Yahoo has agreed to sell off its email and Internet portal business to Verizon. The company wants to instead concentrate on its share in the Chinese import company Alibaba.

~ Cynthia


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3 Responses to “Yahoo Scanned Hundreds Of Millions Of Emails”

  1. Bev says:

    Wow, really? What next. Scary that they don’t at least ask individual first.
    I have had a Yahoo account for years but haven’t opened it for 3 or 4 years. Now I can’t open as it says Oops, don’t recognize that e-mail, or Phone # or Account User Name. I wish to delete, tried Account Killer but same result. Convenient they don’t recognize one of the three. Anyway got off subject. Thank you for question.

  2. Richard Runge says:

    I really feel the Federal Government has decided that the Constitution and our laws don’t pertain to them. Hopefully, November will change that type of thinking!!! If not, may God help us all!!

  3. George Boggs says:

    If this had been in effect prior to 911, maybe it would have caught them. If you have nothing to hide, who cares. I am sure the government does not care who Judy is running around with or how much money Joe is spending on the wedding. If a financial institution is skimming money or cheating a customer that is another story. Hedge funds and banks are not exempt from the law. When you put something on the internet just assume it is public. Mundane things are of no importance to the government.

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