San Francisco: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer lost an annual bonus and the company counsel his job after an investigation showed the company mishandled an epic hack, the tech firm said.
"I am the CEO of the company and since this incident happened during my tenure, I have agreed to forgo my annual bonus and my annual equity grant this year," Mayer said in a statement yesterday made available along with a regulatory filing on the matter.
She added that she has asked that her bonus "be redistributed to our company's hardworking employees." The investigation findings also resulted in Yahoo general counsel Ronald Bell's resignation on Wednesday with no severance payments, according to the filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
An independent committee determined that Yahoo's security team knew about the 2014 hack of user accounts when it happened, the company said in the filing.
Late that year, senior executives and some legal staff were made aware that "a state-sponsored actor had accessed certain user accounts" by exploiting an account management tool.
Yahoo took some action, notifying 26 specifically targeted users and consulting with police, according to the company.
"While significant additional security measures were implemented in response to those incidents, it appears certain senior executives did not properly comprehend or investigate," Yahoo said in the filing. "And therefore failed to act sufficiently upon the full extent of knowledge known internally by the company's information security team."
Mayer became Yahoo chief in 2012. Last week, a price cut kept Verizon on track to complete the purchase of Yahoo's internet business and share the costs from a pair of epic hacks that had threatened to derail the deal.
Yahoo slashed the price of its core internet business by US $350 million. Under the revised terms of the delayed deal, Verizon's purchase of Yahoo assets will total US $4.48 billion.
The deal with Verizon is expected to close by July, ending Yahoo's run of more than 20 years as an independent company. Yahoo is selling its main operating business as a way to separate it from its more valuable stake in the Chinese internet giant Alibaba, which will become a new entity, to be renamed Altaba, Inc., and act as an investment company.
Yahoo still faces probes and lawsuits related to the cyberattacks, which affected more than 1.5 billion accounts, and the timing of the disclosures.
Updated Date: Mar 02, 2017 08:45 AM