According to security experts, Yahoo's pending sale of its core assets to Verizon could get disrupted because of its move to force some users to reset their passwords after its disclosure of a security breach on Wednesday. Verizon is offering $4.83 billion to Yahoo to acquire its core assets.
Yahoo had revealed on Wednesday that it was hit by a hacking attack -- the biggest data breach ever identified by the company -- in August 2013.
The hacking attack disclosed by Yahoo on Wednesday is the second data breach to have been reported by Yahoo in the last few months. In September, the company has revealed that user information from over 500 million accounts was stolen in a seemingly state-sponsored attack in late 2014.
However, with Yahoo not having forced a 'password reset' on users after its September disclosure of the 2014 breach due to the fear of losing some users, security experts project that the company's move to force a 'password reset' on users after the Wednesday disclosure of another hack could potentially disrupt Yahoo's sale to Verizon.
According to a person familiar with the matter, Verizon's next move with regard to the acquisition of Yahoo's core assets will largely be dependent on the extent of damage - in terms of drop in users or engagement with its websites and services - which the recently-disclosed hack has caused to the company.