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Data Sheet—Saturday, Oct 1, 2016

Fog rolled in and coated San Francisco in clouds during a Structure Security conference this week. The continue served as an suitable meteorological embellishment for a event’s theme: traffic with cyber threats—and a fallout from them.

Bob Lord, arch information confidence officer during Yahoo, was simply a two-day event’s prominence when he appeared on stage to discuss about a mega confidence crack that his association is facing. Although he didn’t exhibit most new information, Lord did echo pivotal sum about a information heist during Yahoo involving 500 million user accounts. Among them, he pronounced he strongly believed that a conflict was state sponsored (despite some speculation to a contrary); it happened in late 2014 (before he took a pursuit there); and no, it was not partial of an alleged concede of user login credentials that news site Motherboard reported on progressing this year.

That progressing crack claim—which Lord described as “independent,” “unrelated,” and “unsubstantiated”—did have an outcome though. It annoyed a review that would eventually expose a distant bigger burglary of information, he said. Looking staid and professional, Lord took questions from a assembly during his session, including one about a New York Times report that Yahoo had a good-for-nothing opinion about security, in general. Lord discharged a claim, and combined that he assimilated “the Paranoids,” as a confidence group during Yahoo is known, since of a well-developed reputation.

Kudos to Yahoo for vouchsafing Lord pronounce during a event. There’s no revelation what a impact of a crack will be on a tentative $4.8 billion merger by Verizon. With many sum still to be disclosed about a attack, we’ll only have to wait, like a Bay Area’s residents, for a haze to clear.

Robert Hackett

@rhhackett

robert.hackett@fortune.com

Welcome to a Cyber Saturday book of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily tech newsletter. Fortune contributor Robert Hackett here. You might reach me around Twitter, Cryptocat, Jabber (see OTR fingerprint on my about.me), PGP encrypted email (see open pivotal on my Keybase.io), Wickr, Signal, or however we (securely) prefer. Feedback welcome.

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