Difficult to know. What Yahoo advertise and what their labyrinthine scripts do may well be very different things. This is not unusual in large organisations. This could be the result of anything from Yahoos lawyers not knowing how these systems work, to the NSA giving it back and asking them to "find" it. Granting discovery is exactly the right thing to do.
What is the betting that the US gov suddenly takes an interest in cleaning up patent trolling in East Texas as a matter of priority? Either that or foreign companies find that East Texas isn't friendly except for local?
Now the question I have is: Why would these passwords still work? This is security 101, and not excusing Correa's actions, it would not have been possible had the Astro's had even the most basic opsec in place.
This isn't hacking. It's hardly even social engineering.
That it is possible to bring a case claiming the corporate profit overrides national laws regarding false advertising should be a worry. That there was an expectation that Philip Morris would win should be truly frightening. Imagine the precedent set had Philip Morris won - that it is a corporate right to mislead consumers? ISDS needs to be removed from all treaties as the abomination it is.
The IOC is making the whole Olympics so poisonous to host that they already have trouble getting hosts for the Winter one. Recall that the last one in London resulted in Londoners not being able to use their own roads - all for corporate profit - won't be long and they'll be having trouble finding hosts for the summer ones too.
They cannot legally serve papers if the organisation has no presence in the US. Any claims to have done so should be questioned by the courts and the case dropped for inability to serve. There should be no default judgement. Of course, when copyright is included in a case, all sense goes out the windo and anything can happen.
Even if this does go through, they'll simply add the "rental" on as some other rate hike... unlikely to actually save consumers any money... one other thing - haven't these guys figured out that almost no-one wants ads?