Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

After Five Years of Security Breaches, Yahoo Fires Its Top Lawyer, for Some Reason

Kara Swisher reports for Recode that Marissa Mayer is getting a pay cut for that really big security breach they had. No, the other one. No, the other other one:

But, said an independent committee, Mayer did not mean to run such a loose security ship, noting, it “did not conclude that there was an intentional suppression of relevant information.”

Still, Yahoo’s head lawyer, Ron Bell, got bounced for not doing his job, said the company, which noted that the “Committee found that the relevant legal team had sufficient information to warrant substantial further inquiry in 2014, and they did not sufficiently pursue it.”

So when is the lawyer the one who gets dinged for hacking screw-ups? Never. Let’s be clear, most people inside Yahoo think Mayer and the board should have shouldered the bulk of the blame for the breach.

Meanwhile, Yahoo announced today that that the most recently-disclosed security breach, this one involving forged cookies, affected 32 million accounts. Not too long ago, that would have been considered a large breach; now, it’s just par for the course for Yahoo.