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Blumenthal to call for more protection following cyber attack on Yahoo

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After reports emerged claiming Yahoo may have waited weeks before notifying consumers that at least 500 million of its email accounts were compromised, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is urging Congress to enact proactive cyber security protections.

Blumenthal said he will address the issue at noon on Tuesday at the Hartford Public Library.

He said the protections include national notification and security standards.

In a statement released by his office, Blumenthal said:

“The massive, potentially unprecedented, cyber attack compromising more than 500 million Yahoo email accounts is the latest betrayal of consumer trust, underscoring the urgent need for federal action... Congress must enact data breach and security legislation to ensure companies are properly and promptly notifying consumers when their data has been compromised, and taking key measures to aggressively and proactively defend against these attacks.”

Blumenthal will also push for federal action at the University of Connecticut's annual Cybersecurity Conference on Tuesday.

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